England is expected to make a test debut to Ben Foakes of Surrey, who was named "best wicketkeeper in the world" by Alec Stewart, his cricket director in Surrey, last year.
Foakes was originally called up for the Sri Lanka test series, which starts in Galle on Tuesday after their first keeper Jonny Bairstow injured his foot at the ankle.
Jos Buttler remained behind the stumps as a likely substitute for Bairstow, but Joe Denly had no runs last week during the two England-related rain warm-up games in Colombo.
Ben Foakes will be England's goalkeeper in the first test with Sri Lanka in Galle
Foakes replaces Jonny Bairstow (right) behind the stumps after his ankle injury
James Anderson splashes in the puddles Monday at Galle International Stadium
Stuart Broad and Co trained in Galle on the eve of the inaugural test
During training at the Galle International Stadium, you can take long walks over the water-filled blankets
Sri Lanka against England
First test – bile
6th to 10th of November
Second Test – Pallekele
14th to 18th of November
Third Test – Colombo
23rd to 27th of November
The most likely scenario now is that Foakes, with teammate Rory Burns, will win a first test cap, while Buttler will play as a batsman specialist, probably in sixth place.
25-year-old Foakes spent another wet day in Galle to improve his handiwork with England coach Bruce French while Buttler focused on his beating.
Theoretically, England should not be weakened by the move. Foakes averaged 40 in first-class cricket, with eight hundred out of 137 innings. In contrast, Buttler is on average 32, with five hundred of 140 innings.
The English skipper Joe Root inspects the surface before the first of three tests in Sri Lanka
The fortress Galle is visible in the background, while the landlords move a cover for Root
Root plays the ball while England is training on the eve of the first of three tests with Sri Lanka
Rory Burns (left) and Keaton Jennings, the new opening partnership for England
English selector Ed Smith straightens his hair as he talks to Trevor Bayliss in Galle
On the first test in Galle this week, at least one day, some rain is predicted
In addition, Foake's work behind the tree stumps has often been outstanding, having won the county title for the first time since 2002.
If Foake's bats beat No. 7, Moeen Ali could play his role in No. 3. The only debate would be how to configure the bowling attack, with Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all fighting for a place.