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After yet another dominant day at Galle for England, which saw captain Joe Root rack up a brilliant century and debutant Dan Lawrence announced himself in style, LAWRENCE BOOTH looks at the main takeaways from the action...

 

Joe Root became the first England batsman to score two Test centuries in Sri Lanka, having made 124 at Pallekele in 2018-19. 

It followed a calendar year without a Test hundred - the first such drought in Root's career.

Joe Root (right) and Dan Lawrence (left) put Sri Lanka to the sword on second day of first Test

Joe Root (right) and Dan Lawrence (left) put Sri Lanka to the sword on second day of first Test

 

His unbeaten 168 was also England's highest score in Sri Lanka, beating Kevin Pietersen's 151 at Colombo's P.

Sara Oval in April 2012.

 

It was Root's eighth Test score of 150 or more, leaving him joint-fifth on England's list, behind Alastair Cook (11), Wally Hammond, Len Hutton and Kevin Pietersen (10 each).

Dennis Amiss, Graham Gooch and David Gower also made eight.

 

And it ended a run of 15 innings without a Test hundred stretching back to his 226 against New Zealand at Hamilton in November 2019. 

But that was not his longest barren spell: between August 2017 and September 2018, Root went 27 Test knocks without reaching three figures.

 

Lawrence's 73 was the highest debut innings for England since Ben Foakes's 107, also at Galle, in November 2018. 

It was also the score Root made in his first Test innings, against India at Nagpur Call Girls in December 2012.

Root celebrates after hitting 168 - the highest score from an Englishman out in Sri Lanka

Root celebrates after hitting 168 - the highest score from an Englishman out in Sri Lanka



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