James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow were the driving forces as England began their Test summer with an emphatic innings victory inside three days over Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Only bad weather and a maiden half-century from Kusal Mendis remotely threatened to inconvenience England, and Anderson - who finished with a match haul of 10 for 45 - and wicketkeeper Bairstow, with nine catches to add to his 140 runs, were having none of it.
The first of three Tests was wrapped up by an innings and 88 runs, shortly after tea, when Sri Lanka were bowled out for 119 after losing their last seven wickets for 26.
England's bowlers managed only two wickets, both again from James Anderson, on the third morning at Headingley as Sri Lanka tried to hold up their hosts' victory charge in the first Investec Test.
Following on 207 runs behind after being hustled out for 91 by Anderson and Stuart Broad the previous evening, Sri Lanka's lot was once again unenviable to keep England's seamers at bay in difficult conditions.
But a poor weather forecast for Saturday's remaining two sessions, and the jarred left knee which meant Ben Stokes was unlikely to bowl, offered minor respite - and Kusal Mendis rode his luck before rain brought an early lunch, with his team on 77 for two.
England's victory push was set to get under way 15 minutes late, after overnight rain, on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.
The tourists face an unenviable task, in likely tough conditions again, to have any chance of avoiding defeat over the remaining three days - after being bowled out for 91 on Friday and then following on.
Just two more deliveries were possible on the second evening, with Sri Lanka one for none second time round but needing another 206 just to make England bat again.
A poor forecast on Saturday offered them possible hope of some respite from a rampant home attack, led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
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Jonny Bairstow ploughed on past his second Test century, on his home ground at Headingley, to carry England to 298 all out against Sri Lanka.
Bairstow, prolific for much of the past year and especially here for club and now country, finished with 140 before England were bowled out in mid-afternoon on day two of this first Investec Test.
The Yorkshireman dominated stands of 141 for the sixth wicket with Alex Hales and then 56 for the ninth with Steven Finn - the first of those crucial to England's patchy collective performance, after they had stumbled to 83 for five on a rain-shortened opening day.
There was to be no hard-earned maiden century for Hales, though, the opener grinding to a near halt and eventually having to settle for a career-best 86 from 244 balls in almost five and a half hours.
Alastair Cook has revealed Steven Finn, as expected, will start ahead of Jake Ball in England's pace attack for the first Investec Test of the summer.
Ball was given his maiden senior international call-up last week when named in England's 12-man squad to face Sri Lanka at Headingley after impressing with the Lions over the winter and in the early part of the county season.
However, his only hope of making his England bow was to oust Finn, who had niggling injuries over the winter and was reported to have been struggling with his rhythm recently.
Finn, though, played a crucial role in the memorable Test series win in South Africa and he will return to the line-up.
"Steven Finn is going to (play). He has been outstanding when he's been fit for us," Cook confirmed at his press conference.
"It's great to have Jake along, and he's made a big impact this year in county cricket. It's great for the guys who haven't seen too much of him to get to know the guy."
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England women's captain Charlotte Edwards has announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced on its official website.
During her time in charge of the national team, she has lead them to World Cup, World T20 and Ashes success.
Edwards struck over 10,000 runs in 309 games across all formats at the top of the England order.
I have given 20 years to playing for England and I leave very proud of the standing in which the women's game is held and of my contribution as a player and captain. As a 16-year-old girl making my debut for England, I couldn't have dreamt that I would have had such an amazing time with so much success. I've travelled the world, won World Cups and Ashes series and shared it all with some of my closest friends.
However, nothing lasts forever. I believe now is the right time for a new captain to lead the team forward and for young players to be given more opportunities to make their mark on the international game. After honest and open discussions with Mark, it became clear that he wants to build a new team and I fully support that. I would have loved to have carried on and whilst I am disappointed that I won’t be doing so, I fully understand and respect what Mark is looking to do. This is a new era and he wants other players to come to the fore to build a strong team.
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Hampshire have confirmed fast bowler Fidel Edwards suffered a broken ankle when he injured himself in warm-ups on the final morning of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Headingley.
It is not yet known how long the injury will keep Edwards out for a club who have a raft of players on the sidelines at the start of the season - including newly-signed England seamer Reece Topley, who broke his hand on his Hampshire debut.
Edwards, who described his injury as a 'broken leg' in an Instagram post from hospital, suffered the injury while playing football on the Headingley outfield.
Hampshire coach Dale Benkenstein told the Southern Daily Echo: "We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the (football) game when Fidel went to kick the ball.
"I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding practice when his foot got stuck in the turf, and all his weight went over on it.
"There was no one near him. It was a really freakish fall, and there was a loud crack."