Sri Lanka vs England first Test, day one LIVE SCORECARD: Stuart Broad is dropped with tourists opting for three front-line spinners as Joe Root wins the toss and elects to bat first in Galle First of three Tests between Sri Lanka and England gets started in Galle England left out Stuart Broad in order to
Sri Lanka vs England first Test, day one LIVE SCORECARD: Stuart Broad is dropped with tourists opting for three front-line spinners as Joe Root wins the toss and elects to bat first in Galle
- First of three Tests between Sri Lanka and England gets started in Galle
- England left out Stuart Broad in order to accommodate three front-line spinners
- Tourists also hand first Test caps to Surrey duo Rory Burns and Ben Foakes
- Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat on the first morning in Galle
- England hoping to record a first Test win away from home in two years
- The weather could be a big factor with tour coming at end of monsoon season
Stuart Broad was left out of England’s first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday as the England’s three-Test tour got underway at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.
Rory Burns and Ben Foakes were handed their Test caps ahead of play and make their debuts in the series opener, while England opt for three front-line spinners in Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach.
Joe Root’s team will be aiming to end a woeful run that has seen them fail to win any of their last 13 Test matches outside of England.
The last away win for England came two years ago when they narrowly defeated Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Preparations for the first Test have been pretty inadequate, with England only playing a two-day warm-up match in Colombo against a Board XI before just 50 overs were possible in the second warm-up because of rain.
With the start of this series scheduled at the tail end of Sri Lanka’s monsoon season, there are fears rain will cause further delays to the first Test.
At least some rain is forecast for four of the five days of the first Test in Galle, which could have an impact.
The match is a retirement party for Sri Lankan legend Rangana Herath and will therefore be expected to offer turn for the spinners from the outset.
England captain Joe Root inspected the wicket closely after the covers were lifted by groundstaff during training on Monday.