Sri Lanka was injured by its captain Dimuth Karunaratne on the opening morning of the test series against England

Karunaratne suffered a glove hit while beating in South Africa and, although confident that he could recover in time for this streak, continued to suffer from pain after training the day before the game as a result of which he was out of the game and, most likely, out forced into series The incident has seriously injured Sri Lanka in the past few weeks The sailor Suranga Lakmal is one of those who are also unavailable

With Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal will captain Sri Lanka. Chandimal started off well enough, winning the throw and opting to beat Galle first. While quite an easy decision – the pitch in Galle is expected to take a significant turn as the game progresses – with the area expected to have experienced unusual rain in the past few days, there could be a little help for England’s bowlers in the first session

Karunaratne’s absence also secured a spot for Lahiru Thirimanne and the retention of Kusal Mendis, who suffered three consecutive ducks on the recently completed tour of Sri Lanka

Dan Lawrence, meanwhile, wins a debut for England. He was given the No. 697 cap from his former Essex captain James Foster, minutes before the throw Foster is with the squad in the role of wicketkeeping advisor

As expected, England opted for two specialized spinners, Dom Bess and Jack Leach Stuart Broad, England’s top wicket taker in test cricket in 2020, was preferred to James Anderson in the selection, with Mark Wood setting the pace and Sam Curran for Left Arm Swing and Variation England has lost the first Test in five of its last six series

With Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali absent for various reasons and Ben Foakes not being selected despite being a player on the series on England’s last tour of Sri Lanka, it means there are only four survivors on their team won in Sri Lanka in 2018

England should wear black armbands to commemorate John Edrich, Robin Jackman and Dom Smith, all former England Test cricketers who sadly passed away recently

Sri Lanka: 1 Lahiru Thirimanne, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (week), 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dilruwan Perera, 10 Lasith Embuldeniya, 11 Asitha Fernando

England: 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Jonny Bairstow, 4 Joe Root (Capt), 5 Dan Lawrence, 6 Jos Buttler 7 Sam Curran, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jack Leach 10 Mark Wood 11 Stuart Broad

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