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England’s Steven Finn struggles and strains but fails to find bowling form

It should not be taken for granted that the bowler will be selected in the final XI for the Lord’s Test against Sri Lanka

At last Sri Lanka found some form and some fight, almost certainly futile in terms of saving the game but a reminder that they can play and a bit of a boost before Lord’s. Kaushal Silva battled tenaciously alongside Angelo Mathews, who swung with elegant violence especially when Moeen Ali was bowling.

This pair registered Sri Lanka’s first 50 partnership of the tour, thereby allowing the tourists to compile a most respectable score after their batsmen’s wretched start to the series. On Sunday morning Sri Lanka became the first side to record three consecutive sub-120 totals in Test cricket since the New Zealanders who toured England in 1958 – and John Reid’s side has never been considered a frightfully good one.

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