Sri Lanka vs England LIVE Scorecard From the first day of the second test in Pallekele as tourists seem to win the series
- England lead the series 1-0 after a 211-run win against Sri Lanka in the Gala
- The group did not change for the second meeting of the three-test series
- Ben Stokes is the bat at No. 3, with Moeen Ali dropping to 6
England take the field in Sri Lanka looking to record a victory in their first series since 2000-01.
England settled on an unchanging side in their pursuit, but Ben Stokes bats at No. 3 in Pallekele.
And this means that Jenny Bairstow has been left completely, despite being available for selection after his recovery from the twisted ankle.
Moyne Ali, who made three and three of the same position during the win at the 231st Gal last week, is expected to enter 6th place, leaving JS Butler up to 5th place.
On Monday, Captain Root talked about the possibility of playing Butler on 3, and he hit the nets next to the doorbells of Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns. But coach Trevor Bayliss said after the first test that Stokes' tight technique seemed to be best suited for the job.
Stokes spent most of his 47-career career career at 5 or 6, and has only twice batted as high as no 4 – two times when England were chasing fast runs.
In Gal, Butler was hitting in 3 England was not bowling first and Ali was too tired to take the bowling role.
But also wants to win a test series in Sri Lanka – something that England has not been able to since 2000-01 – the management wants to bring "clarity" to the job, not least because the ashes at home is in sight.
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