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Sri Lanka v England: first Test, day four – live!

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A ship sails towards Colombo main harbour in Sri Lanka, as rain clouds gather above the sunset. Jo pic.twitter.com/VNwl9Fm2U9

Good morning bleary souls and thank you for gathering at this unreasonable hour. The game is England’s to win – with only the alleged placidness of the Galle pitch and the vagaries of the weather standing between them and a first Test victory abroad for two years. Fancy – that really is quite the wait.

Sri Lanka have defeated non-Asian opposition at home with ease over the last few years, but the best you can say about their batting so far is that they survived the seven overs Joe Root imposed on them last night without incident. The stats will not have made for a relaxing bed-time story – highest run-chase at Galle in a Test: 99. Longest any team has batted in a fourth-innings: 114 overs.

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