The limited overs leg has been a breeze for England but it is now that the real test begins, in the most literal sense of the word.
This is England's first Test series after the retirement of Alastair Cook. Other opener Keaton Jennings has not been able to find his feet on his International return. However, it looks like the team management has decided to persist with Jennings. Rory Burns who played a knock of 40 odd in the first practice match is likely to open alongside Jennings.
Jonny Bairstow's injury has further left a hollow in England's batting order. The word is that Ben Foakes will don the gloves while Buttler will play as a specialist batsman. The main thing to ponder for England would be the bowling combination. It is hard to expect that Sam Curran, with his pace, will prove too impressive for the side and hence a case for Jack Leach arises.
Angelo Mathews, after being sidelined from the T20Is and ODIs, would be back in the team. The highlight of the match would be Rangana Herath who is the highest wicket-taking left arm spinner in the world. Herath would hang his boots after the Galle Test. He would be supported by Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan.
Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews will form a solid top four which can give the opposition a run for their money in suitable batting conditions.
South Africa too performed well in the ODI series but faltered in the Tests. So, will England dish out something new or will it be a repeat of the South Africa series?