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Wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington struck a fluent century as England Under-19s took a first-innings lead in the opening Test at Galle.

The right-hander, who began the third morning on 27 when the tourists resumed on 249 for four in reply to Sri Lanka’s 415, registered 113, including 13 fours and three sixes.

He shared stands of 89 with Ateeq Javid and 105 with Shiv Thakor before becoming seamer Sanitha de Mel’s third victim with the score on 397.

Adam Ball continued England’s progress thereafter, his unbeaten 63 taking them to 502 for eight - an 87-run advantage.

Javid, on 23 overnight, extended his innings to 37 when he was stumped off leg-spinner Saranga Rajaguru.

Rossington and Thakor combined for the first hundred partnership of the innings, during which time the former’s ton arrived from 165 balls. He faced only a further 12 but departed having put England in a strong position.

Ball and Thakor capitalised on that, although the latter was bowled by Rajaguru three short of 50.

Tom Milnes also chipped in with 13 before medium-pacer Bhanuka Rajapaksa trapped him in front.

Tim Boon

“It’s been a great turnaround in fortunes, thanks to a great attitude and team spirit - and a lot of hard work,” said Tim Boon

However, Ball maintained the tourists’ momentum with eight fours and Gurman Randhawa provided steady support in reaching stumps unbeaten on 12.

“We’ve had an excellent day today,” said England Development Programme head coach Tim Boon.

“It is a fantastic achievement after they were 370 for four on day one to bowl them out for 420 the next day.

"All the players played positively, with a key feature Rossington getting a hundred, everybody developing partnerships, taking their time and then and imposing themselves on the opposition.

“We’ll bat potentially for a few more overs tomorrow and try and bowl them out.

“It’s been a great turnaround in fortunes, thanks to a great attitude and team spirit - and a lot of hard work.”

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