England player ratings: Who received the rarest of marks from the first Test?

England secured their first ever Test win in Galle by 211 runs to get their series off to the perfect start.

There were some outstanding displays throughout the side across the four days as England outplayed Sri Lanka in every department.

It means that Joe Root secured his first away win as skipper and first ever without Alastair Cook alongside him in a sign that the new era is well and truly underway.

Our cricket correspondent Dean Wilson has seen every ball in four out of the five matches England have played in Galle and here are his ratings from an historic achievement.

Rory Burns: 4 – An unlucky legside strangle followed by a needless run out meant a lean return for Burns on debut, but he may find conditions in Kandy more to his liking.

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

Moeen Ali: 8 – One to forget with the bat, but another key performance with the ball that took him up to joint 3rd on the list of most successful England off-spinners. He is a vital part of the team again.

Joe Root: 7 – Not his strongest game by any stretch as a batsman and his first innings dismissal was a shocker, but his captaincy and tactics were spot on. Even his call for adventure from his batsmen was fair enough.

Ben Stokes: 8 – The all rounder is getting ever nearer to his best with a hugely positive second innings with the bat to ram home the advantage and with the ball he was hostile and full of energy, a great sign.

Jos Buttler: 7 – An increasingly calm influence in the middle order. Appears to have got his Test match tempo just right and a reliable asset in the field.

Ben Foakes: 10 – Not sure it is possible to have a better debut than Foakes here. A hundred, catches, a stumping and not a single bye. A wonderful performance that suggests a bright career.

Sam Curran: 7 – Was never going to be a game for the seamers, but Curran played his supporting role just fine and then was outstanding with the bat in the first innings. Helped Foakes take the game away.

Adil Rashid: 5 – Gave the England first inning some real impetus with his batting cameo, but with the ball he would have liked to create more chances.

Jack Leach: 7 – A strong return to the side providing control and a wicket taking threat. His five dismissals are a very convincing argument for him to keep playing in Kandy.

James Anderson: 6 – Steady as he goes. Does his job day in day out and picked up a wicket for his efforts. Might be remembered here more for getting Foakes to his hundred.

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