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.
After Dasun Shanaka reduced them to 83 for five, Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow hit unbeaten fifties to push England to 171 for five in 53 overs on day one before the third session of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Headingley was washed out.