Bile: England Captain Joe Root wants to go into the second Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy on Wednesday with "huge amounts of confidence" after overcoming the hosts in Galle.

"We played some really good stuff," said Root 211-run victory. "The way we played throughout the four days, with everyone contributing and playing a part, is really pleasing."

"We've been to a lot of confidence and back up what's been a brilliant four- days here, "he said.

File image of England's Joe Root. AP

File image of England's Joe Root. AP

England got off to a shaky start in Galle, losing five wickets for just 103 runs, with debut opener Rory Burns back in the pavilion for nine, Moeen Ali's first ball out and Ben Stokes's gone for seven.

But from lunch onwards, England were in the driving seat, not the least due to debutant Ben Foakes' s 107 – making him man of the match – and with valuable contributions from Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.

Jack Leach and Rashid take two apiece, giving the hosts a 139-run first-innings lead.

Keaton Jennings was made an overdue return to form in England's second innings with an assured 146 not allowed.

They were all out for 250, and they took two wickets for the second time in the match.

It is great, "said Root." We have some clear plans for the future.

This is a sign of this team moving forward and we've been backing that up in this performance, "he said.

"It's very difficult to win, but it's not like that, it's not like you, it's not." off for us.

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Published Date: November 10, 2018

| Updated Date: November 10, 2018


Updated Date: Nov 10, 2018



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