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England leads Sri Lanka by 185 on back of Root's century

Joe Root notched his first test century in more than a year and Essex batsman Dan Lawrence made an impressive debut as England took control in a rain-affected first test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Root was unbeaten on 168 off 254 balls and Lawrence made 73 off 150 balls with England cruising to 320-4 before rain denied further play on Day 2 after tea.

The visitors now lead by 185 runs with six wickets in hand on a wicket that has started to show signs of plenty of spin.

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