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Root and England put to the Test

Root and England put to the Test

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Joe Root and England have plenty to prove when they take to the field in Galle for the first Test of three against Sri Lanka, which starts on Tuesday morning.

Success in limited-overs cricket has not been replicated in the Test arena on a regular basis, although a summer victory over top-ranked India should have lifted the spirits.

However, Sri Lanka is never an easy place to tour and the absence of the retired Alastair Cook leaves a big hole to fill at the top of the England batting order.

Joe Root to be top England batsman @ 49/20

The loss of Cook only adds to the burden places on the shoulders of captain Root, but he has the class and mentality to be able to cope, despite having never played Test cricket in Sri Lanka.

He did, however, make a double century against the Islanders at Lords in the summer of 2014, so does have previous success to draw upon.

The same can be said of Moeen Ali (23/4), who has reached three figures in eight previous Test innings against Sri Lanka, so he may also prove to be a shrewd pick, especially if asked to bat up the order as he did during the tail-end of the English summer.

James Anderson to be top England bowler @ 49/20

Spin is expected to be the go-to option for both sides in Galle, but England Test record wicket-taker James Anderson has the nous needed to play a major role for his side.

He did just that the last time the Three Lions played a Test match in Galle, claiming 5-72 in the first innings in 2012 in a match which eventually ended in a 75-run defeat for the tourists.

Above everyone else, one man is sure to take centre stage, Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who retires from international cricket at the end of the first Test.

Rangana Herath to be top Sri Lanka bowler @ 29/20

The most successful left-arm bowler in Test history with 430 wickets, Herath is one short of completing a century of Test wickets taken at the Galle International Stadium and will surely be desperate to go out on a high.

Quite how his team will cope without him for the rest of the series will be as intriguing as seeing England make do without the ever-reliable Cook.

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