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Jennings puts England in total control

8th November 2018, 14:28 by Neil Foster

England declared on 322-6 in the second innings of the first Test with Sri Lanka, with Keaton Jennings making a timely century.

With his spot in the side under scrutiny, the left-hander notched his second Test century, ending unbeaten on 146 as the Three Lions set Sri Lanka 462 to win.

Beginning day three on 38 without loss, the tourists lost three quick wickets as debutant Rory Burns was run out for 23 while Moeen Ali fell to another poor shot for three and skipper Joe Root went for the same score.

England were wobbling on 74-3 but Ben Stokes came in and played positively for his 62 before being bowled by a superb delivery from Dilruwan Perera.

Jennings kept going throughout, utilising both the orthodox and reverse sweep with regularity and he received excellent support from Jos Buttler, whose 35 came from 58 deliveries.

First-innings hero Ben Foakes showed a different aspect to his game, with three sixes and one four in his rapid 37 as the visitors looked to push on towards the declaration.

That came with Jennings still there and the 26-year-old Lancashire man was glad to do a solid job for his team after a tough run of scores.

"I took risks at the right time, it felt like there was a ball in there that could get you out. It was cat and mouse at times," he told Sky Sports.

"It was made easier batting with people like Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who can smack it all over the place.

"All you can do is score runs when you get the opportunity. The summer was tough but my performances weren't up to scratch."

The Asians had to face seven overs before the close and managed to move on to 15-0.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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