England team is on a cloud nine after winning the first Test against Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Galle. Joe Root, who led the side from the front by scoring match-winning 228 runs, also helped England win their ninth match out of 14 World Test Championship matches.
While England must be a content team after winning the first Test, head coach Chris Silverwood affirmed that the side will most likely make some changes in their bowling lineup ahead of the second Test.
The visitors went with Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Sam Curran as three pacers during the first Test, but this time they are expected to be rested. After the Sri Lanka series, England is slated to tour India for Test series, followed by the white-ball series.
“We’re training again tomorrow so we’ll see how everyone has pulled up,” Silverwood said.
“Looking at we’ve got in front of us, it’s highly likely there will be rotation and rests with the seamers line-up.” he added.
Chris Woakes and James Anderson didn’t play in the first Test due to fitness issues, have now been deemed fit to play in the second Test. The team management might also consider Olly Stone for the second Test, who is yet to get his maiden Test cap in Tests.
“I am excited about him,” Silverwood said. “We’ve Wood, Stone and [Jofra] Archer who can also hit 90+ mph. I think it’s great to have that in your armoury. What we’ve seen from Olly is that he hits the deck hard and bowls at pace. He is getting better and better in the areas he is bowling and the understanding of what he’s trying to do and the plans he is putting in place” he further said.
The second and final Test between Sri Lanka and England will be played between January 22-26 at the Galle International Stadium.