England have made the tough call to leave Jonny Bairstow out and name an unchanged team for the second Test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Wednesday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow missed the first match of the series, a game England won impressively by 211 runs in Galle, after suffering an ankle injury during the limited-overs leg of the tour.

His absence offered an opportunity to Ben Foakes, who marked his international debut by scoring a century in the first innings while also impressing with his work behind the stumps.

Captain Joe Root had already announced Foakes would retain his place but Bairstow - who averages 37.19 in his Test career - has also missed out on selection as a frontline batsman in Pallekele, with England opting to go with the same XI.

"Having had a good look at the surface today, we feel the side that won the first Test will give us the best opportunity for us to get something out of this Test," Root said on the eve of the match.

"The surface is dry and it will spin. The balance of the team is ideal for these conditions. We can also adapt, if the situation dictates, as we showed in Galle."

Root confirmed the fit-again Bairstow was available and, despite being left out on this occasion, still remains an "integral" part of the team's plans.

"[Coach] Trevor [Bayliss] and I have spoken to him about finding the right balance for this Test with the conditions we are expecting," he added.

"He understands the situation and is aware that we have to pick the side that are best suited to conditions we can expect. It is unfortunate that he missed out through injury in the first Test.

"He is an integral part of our plans and is a key member of our core squad and his experience around the group is important."

However, while it will be the same XI on duty, England's skipper revealed there will be alterations to the batting order, with Ben Stokes pushed up to number three and Jos Buttler to come in at five, one spot ahead of the demoted Moeen Ali.

"We are in a fortunate position that many in the side could bat in that position," Root said. 

"Ben's technique is sound and he will be able to adapt to this role. He is one of the fittest guys in the side, so the intensity of batting in the top order and bowling as one of our three seamers will not faze him.

"If we feel that he has done a tremendous workload with the ball, then we can adapt and alter the order if it's necessary, but I don't expect that to happen.

"Ben is relishing the added responsibility of doing a job at three."

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.

Jos Buttler "feared the worst" for Pathum Nissanka after he took a blow in England's disrupted tour match draw with a Sri Lanka Board XI, where Ben Stokes also suffered an injury scare.

Joe Root revealed Jos Buttler is likely to keep wicket in the first Test against Sri Lanka as England give Jonny Bairstow time to recover from injury.

Sri Lanka inflicted England's heaviest ODI loss after coming out on top by 219 runs on the DLS method in the fifth and final match in Colombo.

Joe Root says being Test captain has not had a negative effect on his batting after Shane Warne suggested he should be replaced by Jos Buttler. 

England have included uncapped seamer Olly Stone in their squad for the ODIs with Sri Lanka, while Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will also be part of the touring party despite their upcoming hearings. 

Ben Stokes struck two late blows – including grabbing the key wicket of Virat Kohli – as England seized control of the fifth Test against India on Saturday. 

Jos Buttler has predicted England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid could be crucial in their quest to secure a fourth-Test victory over India. 

Jos Buttler's half-century helped England build up a 233-run lead to set up an intriguing penultimate day against India in the fourth Test at the Rose Bowl. 

Moeen Ali and Sam Curran have replaced Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes, while Jos Buttler will take the gloves for England in the fourth Test against India.

Joe Root believes England's batsmen need to follow the lead of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes if they are to bounce back from defeat to India at Trent Bridge. 

Jos Buttler is determined to build on his maiden first Test century after leading England's resistance on day four of the third Test against India.

England scraped to a fifth day after Jasprit Bumrah and a new ball inspired their collapse to edge India towards victory in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Jos Buttler returned to action on the second day of the first Test between India and England after scans confirmed he had not suffered a fractured finger.

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