England has the Galle in Rangana Herath's last Test

What was Dhananjaya de Silva thinking? Pic Fox SportsMore

What was Dhananjaya de Silva thinking? Pic Fox SportsMore

Only four members of this team played in the Chittagong Test and the presence of new faces such as Ben Foakes, and Jack Leach, who took five wickets in his second Test, as well as the continued success of Sam Curran gives Root great hope for the future.

Moeen Ali grabbed four wickets for England.

The second Test starts on Wednesday in Kandy. They played some outstanding cricket.

They successfully negotiated seven overs for 15 without loss by stumps but the examination has two full days to run, regional weather systems allowing.

"Jonny, fully fit, would have played this Test match, probably would have performed well, done well with the gloves and scored runs and we wouldn't be having this conversation", insisted Prior.

He offered only one chance on 58, when he would have been lbw on review had Sri Lanka not been dissuaded by the sound of bat on ball. "We will work very hard now before that second Test match and hopefully back up a really good performance".

Kaushal was leg before sweeping Leach for 30 and Karunaratne skipped down the pitch and was caught and bowled by Ali for 26.

England had secured a first-innings lead of 139 thanks to a century on debut by Ben Foakes - man of the match - and a formidable spin attack led by Ali and assisted ably by Leach and Adil Rashid restricting Sri Lanka to 203 in reply.

'Our batting was below-par during the game, you can't stay in the game (with this kind of batting),' said Chandimal. He accounted for Niroshan Dickwella with the first ball after tea, Stokes making amends for his earlier drop with a sharp take, then added a soft shot from Mathews (53) to his collection.

Sri Lanka lost Kusal Mendis (45) and captain Dinesh Chandimal (1) in the afternoon session.

Dhananjaya de Silva, after a confident start, was caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root off Stokes in the last over of the morning session for 21.

His captaincy for the wicket of Kusal Mendis was good because after Mendis hit over the top a ball earlier, Root could have moved the fielder back - but he kept Moeen Ali up and he took the catch at mid-off. The contributions of offspinner Akila Dananjaya came in for especial scrutiny - Dananjaya got only two wickets in the match, and conceded more than 4.7 runs per over. His stay was nearly a short one, but he was reprieved on review, having been given out well caught down the leg side by Ben Foakes.

"It's not just us, like we're the only side that struggles away from home, it's across the board in test cricket", the 27-year-old batsman told reporters.