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."
A man has reportedly been charged with the murder of young English cricketer Adrian St John.
Mr St John, 22, was allegedly shot by "bandits" during an armed robbery in Trinidad on April 12.
At the time of his death Mr St John, who was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, was picking somebody up in a town called San Juan.
The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian said Maldon Pascall, 24, had been charged with the Londoner's murder and would appear in court on Monday.
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A coach and mentor to Adrian St John said he is in "shock" after the cricketer was killed during an armed robbery in Trinidad.
Donovan Miller said: "I'm really finding it hard to come to terms with it, how someone could do something like that to such a lovely person."
Mr Miller said Mr St John was one of the first members of the Chris Gayle Academy in London, a programme for keen cricketers which also aims to develop life skills.
He said: "He wanted me to support him to go to the Caribbean and to kind of push hard with his cricket. He's just finished his degree at university which we kind of supported him through as well."
Mr Miller said he received a phone call from one of the academy members on Monday who broke the news to him, adding that he also spoke to a "close family friend".
An aspiring British cricketer has been killed by 'bandits' during an armed robbery in Trinidad.
According to local paper Newsday, 22-year-old Adrian St John was shot in the head on Sunday as he and his friends drove away from armed robbers who had stolen their mobile phones and cash.
Tributes were paid to St John on Twitter by friends and fellow cricketers at the clubs he played for after the news of his death emerged.
West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle, whose academy St John was a part of, also paid his condolences to the young cricketer's family on social media.
Tragic news. A lovely lad and a talented cricketer. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Adrian St John https://t.co/L77YH5XtpP
In utter shock to hear that one of my good friends Adrian has passed away. One of the funniest and nicest people.... https://t.co/BMCxgZrFxv
The Foreign Office confirmed that they are aware of the death of a British national in Trinidad.