Thursday , July 29 2021

British player ranking from the First Test victory at Galle

England secured their first Test win in Galle with 211 matches to get their series to a perfect start.

There were some extraordinary performances on all sides for four days when England beat Sri Lanka in each department.

That meant that Joe Root secured his first away victory as captain and first without Alastair Cook with him in a sign that the new era was going well and truly happened.

Our cricket correspondent, Dean Wilson, has seen every ball in four of the five games England played at Galle and this is the ranking of historic achievements.

England secured its first victory in one of the most iconic places in the world

Rory Burns: 4 – The unfortunate foot strike followed by running out of running means being lean back for Burns on debut, but he may find the conditions in Kandy more in line with his wishes.

Keaton Jennings: 9 – A fantastic match for the opener who has found a method that works well in this part of the world and shows great character and mental strength to succeed under pressure.

The second hundred test for Keaton Jennings is the spotlight

Moeen Ali: 8 – One to forget about the bat, but another key performance with the ball that took him to the top 3 on the list of the most successful spinners in the UK. He is an important part of the team again.

Joe Root: 7 – Not the strongest game with stretching as a batsman and the dismissal of the first half was a surprise, but the captain and tactics were very precise. Even his call for adventure from his batsmen was fair.

Ben Stokes: 8 – The all-rounder is getting closer to the best with a very positive second inning with the bat for ram profits and with the ball he is hostile and full of energy, big sign.

Ben Stokes played a positive round 62 in victory

Sam Curran always seems to give influence and England always win with him

Jos Buttler: 7 – The effect is calmer in the middle order. It seems that it has got the match tempo Test right and reliable assets in the field.

Ben Foakes: 10 – Not sure it's possible to have a better debut than Foakes here. One hundred, catch, stump and none. Outstanding appearance that shows a brilliant career.

Sam Curran: 7 – It will never be a game for explorers, but Curran played his supporting role well and then was amazing with bats in the first round. Help Foakes take the game.

Dream of a debut for Ben-Ben Benry

Jack Leach enjoys returning to the colors of England

Fair Rashid: 5 – Giving England for the first time got a real boost with his batting cameo, but with the ball he wanted to create more opportunities.

Jack Leach: 7 – A strong return to the side gives control and the goal takes a threat. The five stops were very convincing arguments for him to keep playing in Kandy.

James Anderson: 6 – Stable when he leaves. Does the working day on the day and takes the goal for his business. Maybe remember here more to get the hundred Foakes.

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