Steady knocks of 83 and 80 from Alex Hales and Joe Root gave England the stability at the top while a 57-ball 48 from Jonny Bairstow pushed England to 310 for six at the end of day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Chester-le-Street.
England have taken a 1-0 lead in the Test series with a massive innings and 88-run victory in the first game at Headingley. With the second Test set to get underway, let us look at a few key statistics and facts.
Sri Lanka bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake is backing pace bowler Suranga Lakmal to take up the responsibility in place of the injured Dushmantha Chameera for the remainder of the ongoing Test series against England.
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace believes that if wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow continues his form in Test cricket, it will not be long before he becomes a permanent fixture in all three formats of the game.
After spectacular performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, England cricketers Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson made significant gains in the International Cricket Council Test rankings for players.
England pace spearhead James Anderson, who starred with the ball on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, said that changing the end from where he bowls has contributed to his success.
After Jonny Bairstow scored a fantastic 140, James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared nine wickets to bowl Sri Lanka out for 91 runs after which England enforced the follow on under gloomy skies on the second day of the first Test at Headingley.