Herath gets 100th Galle scalp as England struggle

The lack of game time for Leach has meant fewer clues for pundits and even players as to what XI the England management will go for in the first Test

Jos Buttler will play regardless and might take the over behind the stumps but there is also a temptation to give a debut to Ben Foakes, rated as the best gloveman in county cricket.

Handed his chance due to the absence of the injured Jonny Bairstow, ruled out due to an ankle injury sustained playing football, wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes reached stumps on 87 having faced 184 deliveries in hot and humid conditions.

Jack Leach was on 14 at the other end after quite a turnaround by the tourists in the last two sessions.

Joe Root was Herath's 431st wicket in the longest format of the game.

England slumped to 113 for five after a series of sloppy dismissals marred the opening morning of the first Test in Sri Lanka.

Root had steadied England when the visitors found themselves 10 for 2 after debutant opener Rory Burns was caught behind off Surange Lakmal for nine and Moeen Ali was bowled next ball.

Sri Lanka wasted both their reviews inside 12 overs but it was the golden arm of retiring 40-year-old Rangana Herath that ended Root's 62-run stand with Jennings. The Joe Root-led side is also mulling dropping paceman Stuart Broad to make way for an extra spinner on a turning Galle track that will be Sri Lankan spin legend Rangana Herath's swansong.

Even after Perera dismissed Buttler for 38, Foakes raised 88 runs with Curran, who hit three sixes before falling for 48, while Adil Rashid contributed a quickfire 35 down the order. After Root, Dilruwan Perera skittled Keaton Jennings four short of his 50 before bowling Ben Stokes around his legs for seven as he attempted to sweep.

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