Jack Leach takes three wickets as England beat Sri Lanka in Galle

Ben Foakes

England had a slight slip on day 1 with a top-order batting collapse but that was well recovered with the maiden century of debutant Ben Foakes that led to the first innings total of 342.

"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. However, he held his composure well and admitted that he might go back to play some first-class cricket.

England's unparalleled depth of all-round talent, which was in particular evidence in their recovery from 103 for 5 on the first morning, was the stand-out feature of their victory, and Root admitted that it had been "great fun" marshalling his troops on their fourth-innings victory push. 'We can go to Kandy with huge amounts of confidence and look to still improve and get better'.

Last out was silver fox Rangana Herath, cricket's most successful left-arm spinner in his swansong before retirement, run out for five. England captain, Joe Root said:Very proud of the way we played this game.

Beginning day four on 15 for no loss, Sri Lanka needed a solid start to prolong their battle without worrying about the enormousness of the improbable 462-run victory target.

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Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne were dismissed by spinners soon after the drinks break, with Kaushal leg before to Jack Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by fellow spinner Moeen Ali for 26. "We'll have to say "sorry" to him, we couldn't give him a really good farewell".

Dhananjaya de Silva was then adjudged caught behind for 21 after a wild swing at a Stokes delivery but the batsman successfully reviewed it to overturn the decision.

Chandimal, suffering from a groin injury that kept him off the pitch all of Thursday, was bowled by Leach for 11. 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.

Jos Buttler smashed a quick 35 before being caught off Herath while Foakes belted out 37 before falling to spinner Akila Dananjaya. "From 2011 the support from my wife, kids, and my immediate family members has been unbelievable, I really appreciate the support and without that, I don't think I could have got to where I am right now", Herath said after the match.

Earlier, a disciplined piece of bowling from Sri Lanka saw them pick up three wickets for 73 runs in the opening session. "From there on we were chasing the game", he said.

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