Jack Leach takes three wickets as England beat Sri Lanka in Galle

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath celebrates with Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal after taking the wicket of England's captain Joe Root

Hathurusingha was not unhappy with Sri Lanka's positive intent, even when they were batting to save a Test.

England had secured a first innings lead of 139 and on Thursday an unbeaten 146 by Keaton Jennings, his first century since a ton on his 2016 debut, allowed Root to declare at 322 for six. The conquest wouldn't have hopped onto the laps of the visitors, had Root's XI faltered in rendering gritty performances both with the bat and with the ball at regular intervals.

Foakes was only given his England chance after first-choice Test wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow sustained an ankle injury playing football in a warm-up during the preceding one-day series but he responded with a fine 107 in England's first innings in Galle.

'After that, the way they batted, they took the game away from us. "We didn't play the cricket we used to play". Although he failed to register a 5-wicket haul in the match, he accounted for four wickets in both the innings.

"But the thing that worked for us so well in 2017 [during the ICC Women's World Cup] was focusing on ourselves every game at a time and facing the next team we were going to come up against, and that's all we can do".

England´s Keaton Jennings plays a shot during the third day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and England at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on November 8, 2018.

"It's a really hard day for us because we all know how much Rangana has done for the team and Sri Lankan cricket", said Chandimal in the post-match presentation.

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Dhananjaya de Silva was then adjudged caught behind for 21 after a wild swing at a Stokes delivery, but the batsman successfully reviewed it to overturn the decision.

In his last Test match, Herath picked up three wickets to end career with 433 wickets in 93 Tests.

At the close of play, Sri Lanka were 15 without loss with Dimuth Karunaratne on seven and Kaushal Silva on eight after hanging on for seven overs.

Karunaratne had been given an early life by Ben Stokes at slip, England's best catcher grassing one off Moeen Ali, but did not cash in.

England's spin trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach was brilliant in the game.

Herath retired from worldwide cricket as one of the most successful Lankan bowlers in Tests after Muttiah Muralitharan who scalped 800 wickets.

"To be able to contribute to the team is just wonderful", Foakes said after being named man-of-the-match.

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