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England will pull out all the stops to win, vows Woakes

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/06/2016

Chris Woakes of England
Chris Woakes of England

Chris Woakes concedes England face an uphill task to force victory in the third Investec Test after they were frustrated by Sri Lanka's batsmen on day two at Lord's.

The hosts, chasing a 3-0 series whitewash, were eventually dismissed for 416 yesterday afternoon with Woakes making 66 and Jonny Bairstow finishing unbeaten on 167.

However Sri Lanka dug in to close on 162 for one - 254 in arrears and well placed to force at least a draw.

Steven Finn made the only breakthrough for England when he had Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind for 50 following an opening stand of 108 with Kaushal Silva.

Silva was still there at stumps on 79, with Kusal Mendis making an unbeaten 25 as England's attack toiled on a flat pitch.

"It's obviously a pretty good batting surface," said Woakes.

"We got over 400 batting first - we actually felt like it did a little bit and they bowled reasonably well. But getting 19 wickets - it looks like it's flattened out a little bit - is going to be tough."

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