SL vs ENG Playing 11: The hosts Sri Lanka will lock horns with the all-mighty England (SL vs ENG) in the opening Test of the two-match home Test series at Galle International Stadium. The match is all set to commence at 10:00 AM IST. Here is our Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test match preview, Dream11 team prediction, pitch report, playing 11 updates are given below.
Dinesh Chnadimal to lead the home team as Karunaratne is getting injured ahead of the first test while Joe Root will take charge of the ICC no. 4-ranked Test side for the upcoming series. The English side definitely will be eyeing for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) finals to be held in Lord's in June. After the end of the two Tests against Sri Lanka, England begins a two-month-long tour to India, kick start on February 5.
The Lankans will hope to welcome back the experienced trio of Mathews, Chandimal, and Lakmal to the squad after all three missed in South Africa series due to their respective injuries. However, Lakmal still remains a doubt given his lack of practice. Thirimanne has been recalled for the second Test against SA and could keep Kusal Mendis out of the XI while all-rounder Dasun Shanaka impressed in seaming conditions and is likely to keep his spot in Sri Lanka's playing XI as an all-rounder.
On the other hand, England has a concern about their all-rounder Moeen Ali testing COVID positive and expected to miss the opening Test. By virtue of which Dom Bess and Jack Leach would be England’s frontline spinners. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been rested from this tour.
In the absence of Rory Burns due to paternity leave, Bairstow is set to return in the long format nearly after a year, seen bat at number 3 with Zak Crawley pushing up to open.
Sri Lanka Playing XI
England Playing XI
Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Roshen Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan
England Squad: Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Olly Stone; Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi