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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 08:45 GMT
Galle's recovery in photos

BBC News's John Sopel reports from Galle

In late 2004 a tsunami devastates large parts of Asia including the Sri Lankan city of Galle

The devastated ground at Galle

The cricket ground, located near the sea front, suffers a great amount of damage and is unusable for three years

Galle Stadium

Once the waters subsided, the extent of the damage at the stadium became clear

A view from Galle's famous fort over the cricket ground

The third Test against England will be the first in Galle for three years, and groundstaff are working against the clock

Work continues on the stadium's entrance

Local labourers and tradesmen work hard to get the entrance ready for those who plan to attend the match

The grandstand at Galle

Inside the ground, work on the grandstand and the area surrounding it is still far from finished

Groundstaff attempt to dry the outfield

To compound problems, unseasonal heavy rain has also left much of the playing area under water

A worker battles with the conditions

The weather has also turned large parts of the ground, including one of the boundaries, into a mudbath

Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen check out the dressing rooms

The dressing rooms and other buildings still lack power and water but the groundsman insists the ground will be ready

England in training on the outfield on the eve of the match

The teams were unable to train outside at the venue until the eve of the match

England captain Michael Vaughan meets Harriet and Spencer Crawley.

England captain Michael Vaughan meets Harriet and Spencer Crawley; Harriet's husband - Spencer's stepfather - died in the tsunami

Umpires Daryl Harper (left) and Asad Rauf (right) discuss conditions with match referee Jeff Crowe

Umpires Daryl Harper (left) and Asad Rauf (right) discuss conditions with match referee Jeff Crowe

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa inspects the ground of the eve of the match

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa inspects the ground of the eve of the match

Action finally gets under way in the third Test at Galle on Tuesday, two hours late because of a wet outfield

Action finally gets under way in the third Test at Galle on Tuesday, two hours late because of a wet outfield



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