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Rain denies England whitewash

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England's hopes of a series whitewash win over Sri Lanka were ruined by the rain on the fifth and final day of the third Investec Test at Lord's. 

Only 12.2 overs were possible on the day, James Anderson taking the only wicket to fall, that of Kaushal Silva for 16.

That came in an initial 3.4 over passage of play after a rain-delayed start, and it was the final act before the weather again forced the players off.

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Sri Lanka added a further 33 runs for no loss in the 8.4 overs that followed in the afternoon, but the Test was ultimately called a draw as the rain once again intervened.

It spoiled what was set to be a thrilling finale to the series, and the first England home Test to go into a fifth day in eight attempts.

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England - already 2-0 up in the series - had set Sri Lanka what would have been a record chase at Lord's of 362 to win, with the visitors 32-0 going into the final day.

When play did finally start at 1.20pm, England's hopes of only a fourth whitewash series win since 1978 were aided when a brilliant inswinger from Anderson saw off Silva, given out lbw not paying a shot.

The heavens re-opened straight after the wicket, and play wouldn't resume until 4.10pm. When it did, a Stuart Broad drop off his own bowling was England's only chance to add to their wicket tally, although it could only be classed as a half-chance with Kusal Mendis smashing the ball back at some speed.

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Broad was hopeful too of having Mendis caught down the legside a couple overs later, but England wasted a review as the contact was made with the batsman's shoulder.

A ball later, with bad light closing in, the umpires called for the spinners to come on and after a Moeen Ali maiden and two balls from Joe Root - the second of which Mendis smashed for six - the players were again called off.

Soon after the Test was confirmed as a draw, seeing England remain fourth in the ICC Test rankings, and Sri Lanka stay seventh.

England and Sri Lanka next square off in a five-match ODI series, starting on Tuesday, June 21, with the first at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm.

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