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Chris Woakes leads raid on Sri Lanka defences as clouds bring silver lining | Mike Selvey

England proved what a difference a day can make as a change in the wind shifted fortunes at Lord’s – even those of chief chunterer Jimmy Anderson

Make your way to Lord’s from the Edgware Road, a quarter of a mile perhaps, and you might cut along Aberdeen Place, a neat street with the ornate Grade 2-listed Crocker’s Folly pub on a corner. There are some striking mid-Victorian terraces too, and on the wall of number 32 is a blue plaque. It was here, it says, that lived Guy Gibson VC, the leader of the Dambusters raid on the dams of the Ruhr valley in May 1943.

So there was something apposite at lunchtime when the massed band of Christ’s Hospital school – the Blue Coats – dressed in their frock coats and yellow stockings (happily not cross-gartered Malvolio-like) marched in a formation that evoked a silhouetted image of a Lancaster perhaps, and played Eric Coates’s stirring theme music to the 1955 film The Dam Busters.

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