Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal apologised to Rangana Herath after the veteran spinner's last Test ended in a thumping 211-run defeat to England in Galle.

Rangana Herath reflected on the "privilege and honour" of representing Sri Lanka following his final Test appearance.

Rangana Herath climbed to joint-eighth in the all-time Test wickets list as he bowled for the final time in an international on Thursday.

The Sri Lanka great will retire after the first Test against England in Galle and, coming into the series with 430 wickets, he had some big names in his sights in the historic standings.

But although Herath took three wickets as the hosts struggled to slow Joe Root's England, he could only move ahead of Richard Hadlee (431) and level with Stuart Broad on 433.

Herath at least went out with high-profile scalps, earning his 100th wicket at Galle by removing Root in the first innings, before dismissing the touring skipper again in the second.

Jos Buttler also departed at Herath's hand after England had taken complete control, with the 40-year-old still one wicket behind Indian great Kapil Dev at the close of his international career.

Sri Lanka trailed by 446 runs after seven overs of their second innings as Herath, who scored an unbeaten 14 earlier in the match, prepares to bat for his country for the last time.

Keaton Jennings crafted a long-awaited century as dominant England piled on the runs before declaring late on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Jennings had not made an international hundred since his debut against India almost two years ago, but scored a magnificent unbeaten 146 on another one-sided day.

The opener was under pressure to prove he merits a place in the side and he delivered on Thursday, carrying his bat as England declared on 322/6 to set Sri Lanka 462 to win.

Jennings - who would have been out for 58 if Sri Lanka had reviewed an LBW appeal - and Ben Stokes (62) combined for a century stand on a gruelling last day in the field for retiring spinner Rangana Herath (2-59).

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw Sri Lanka through to 15 without loss at the close, but they will be praying for rain as England have two days to complete a first away win in over two years.

Rory Burns (23) failed to cash in on a good wicket when England resumed in a commanding position, Karunaratne ending an opening stand of 60 with a direct hit when the debutant went for a quick single.

England were 74/3 after Moeen Ali struck Dilruwan Perera (2-94) straight to Herath, who then claimed the scalp of captain Joe Root caught behind in the veteran spinner's final international.

Jennings brought up his half-century with one of many sweeps and had a stroke of luck when he was given not out when trapped in front by Dilruwan but Sri Lanka opted not to review.

Stokes went on the attack in the afternoon session, disdainfully launching Dilruwan and Akila Dananjaya for six before slapping the latter through the covers to reach his half-century.

The all-rounder smashed another Dananjaya off-break over the ropes again to bring up the century stand, but was bowled by a peach of a Dilruwan delivery which pitched outside leg stump and hit off.

Jos Buttler (35) showed his usual aggressive intent by dispatching Dananjaya for a straight six and had a life from the following delivery, while Jennings continued to find the gaps before the runs dried up when he moved into the 90s.

The opener finally punched the air and jumped for joy after working Dananjaya into the leg side for a single to take him to three figures just after tea. 

Dananjaya took more punishment when a Jennings drive struck him on the thumb as he attempted to take a sharp caught and bowled chance before Buttler became Herath's 433rd and final international victim.

Ben Foakes (37 from 34) was in great touch after his first-innings hundred on debut, using his feet superbly to hit Dilruwan for six and strike Dananjaya for back-to-back maximums.

Jennings and Foakes put on 61 for the sixth wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman holed out and the Sri Lanka openers prevented any damage from being done following Root's declaration.

Paul Farbrace rates Rangana Herath as one the "greats" in subcontinental conditions despite resembling a "club cricketer" ahead of the Sri Lanka spinner's swansong against England.

Herath will make the final

Sri Lanka great Rangana Herath is confident he has chosen the right time to retire from international cricket and aims to go out on a high against England.

Herath called time on his white-ball career in 2016

Rangana Herath will retire after the first Test against England in Galle, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed.

Theunis de Bruyn scored a defiant maiden Test century but Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka to a 199-run victory in Colombo to whitewash South Africa on day four. 

Sri Lanka are closing in on an emphatic series whitewash after South Africa were flummoxed by the spinners once again on day three of the second Test in Colombo on Sunday.

Faf du Plessis recognised South Africa only have themselves to blame for their Test hammering at the hands of Sri Lanka. 

Dilruwan Perera claimed his second 10-wicket haul for Sri Lanka to secure a crushing 278-run victory in Galle as South Africa folded to their lowest Test score for 61 years on day three. 

Rangana Herath thinks the time could be right to end his Sri Lanka career after the Test series against England in November.

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