Joe Root scored 228 in the first set of England’s first Test victory.
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England captain Joe Root expects a bigger challenge from Sri Lanka when the second and final Test begins in Wales on Friday.
The tourists won the first Test by seven wickets, mainly by beating the local team for 135 on the first day.
England made only one change to the team: Bowler James Anderson has come on to replace Stuart Broad, who has been resting.
I expect them to attack us very hard, Ruth told Sport.
We expect them to play a very strong cricket. They have some winners and we expect a real challenge.
Sri Lanka got better and better as the first test progressed. They took England’s last six wickets for 49 runs and then put on 359 in their second set.
With 73 points in the second set to win, England slipped to 14-3 before Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence took them to the finish line.
We saw Sri Lanka struggling in the second series when they looked like a completely different team, added Root, who scored his 99th cap.
I expect more in this second test. They are a very proud team and we will have to play very well to beat them again.
England will again be deprived of Moeen Ali, who is deemed unfit to play. In the first test, the launcher was taken out of isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Sri Lanka.
In his absence, Dom Bess and Jack Leach remain at the head of the slow bowlers, as England prefer not to convert their entire attack into rhythm.
Mark Wood and Sam Curran take their places for players like Chris Woakes and Ollie Stone.
Anderson’s move to Broad was an expected change, as England struggled with the workload of their two main gatekeepers, to the extent that they might not play in the same team this winter.
Perhaps England’s biggest problem in the first event was the performance of openers Dom Sibley and Zach Crawley, who made just 23 runs in four sets. Not even in Asia has a test been played before.
They are two very smart players who will definitely do well in this second game, Ruth said. They certainly did their best to put it into practice.
These are two people who learn very quickly, who have overcome certain challenges in their very short careers.
Following the recall of Bairstow and debutant Lawrence, who impressed in the first Test, and the return of Ben Stokes, Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the India tour, England have stepped up the competition for batting tickets.
It can also be a great motivator for players who want to improve, not sit still, keep learning and developing, Ruth said.
This visit is an excellent opportunity for children to gain valuable experience that will help them progress in their play.
England have now won five straight Tests in Sri Lanka, a series that began in 2012.
Overall, Sri Lanka have won only one of the last ten Tests against England.
Individually, if we take matters into our own hands, we definitely have the skills and the team to beat England, said Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews.
We know we’re dealing with an experienced and quality team, but these are our terms. We have not played well in the last two games, but we know we can beat this English team if we play well.
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