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England v Sri Lanka: Essentials
England: Andrew Strauss (c), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wkt), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar
Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene (wkt), Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Rod Tucker (Australia). TV: Bruce Oxenford (Australia). Referee: Javagal Srinath (India).
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4th over: Sri Lanka 15-3 (M Jayawardene 0, Samaraweera 0)
Thilan Samaraweera the new man in and Sri Lanka need a rescue job from their experienced middle order pair here. Four from the over.
WICKET! Dilshan c Strauss b Broad 11
Got him! The end of an ugly little innings from the enigmatic opener and Sri Lanka are falling apart here.
4th over: Sri Lanka 15-2 (Dilshan 11, M Jayawardene 0)
Dilshan is winging from the hip as if he's playing Twenty20… and he thick edges over the slips again for four. Lucky or plucky I'll let you be the judge, but it doesn't look pretty…
3rd over: Sri Lanka 11-2 (Dilshan 7, M Jayawardene 0)
Jayawardene survives the hat-trick ball… what brilliant bowling from Anderson, who once again proves he can swing it anywhere in the world. Double wicket maiden.
WICKET! Sangakkara c Prior b Anderson 0
Anderson on a hat-trick! A carbon copy as Sangakkara has a flirt outside off. What a start!
WICKET! Thirimanne c Swann b Anderson 3
Anderson continues his fine start by catching Thirimanne's edge. He's bowling a perfect length and Thirimanne had been struggling to read the swing… Swann takes a simple catch at second slip.
2nd over: Sri Lanka 11-0 (Thirimanne 3, Dilshan 7)
Dilshan gets Sri Lanka off the mark by pushing Broad through midwicket for three. Thirimanne flicks behind square for two more. Broad then oversteps and Thirimanne flicks him for one more… Close! Dilshan edges an ugly slash over where third slip would have been. Expensive start this for Broad, 10 from the over.
Sportsmail's Paul Newman in Galle: 'England waste a review in first over. Unlike them. Strauss normally urges caution but Anderson and Prior were sure. Good decision, Tucker.'
1st over: Sri Lanka 0-0 (Thirimanne 0, Dilshan 0)
Anderson to open the bowling for England, the left-handed Thirimanne on strike. Some early swing for Anderson but the pitch is very slow… Appeal! They're reviewing it… It looked pretty good in full speed but the replay shows it pitched just outside leg, it might have been going over the top as well. Dramatic start! Maiden.
Assessing the conditions: Monty Panesar takes a look at the Galle pitch
5.29am: The players are out in the middle… here we go.
5.18am: Here's some reading for you with just over 10 minutes until the start of play… Paul Newman previews the day's action here. Nasser Hussain reminds us of the challenging conditions in Sri Lanka here. And Lawrence Booth takes a look at the hosts' attack here.
5.08am: It'll be interesting to see whether Prior or Patel come in at No 6 but he won't have to worry about that for a while. England have three genuine spin options with Patel's inclusion.
5.05am: Strauss confirms Patel starts in place of the dropped Eoin Morgan and ahead of Ravi Bopara, otherwise England are unchanged from the last Test against Pakistan.
5.00am: BREAKING: Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat.
4.57am: BREAKING: Samit Patel looks set to start ahead of Ravi Bopara for England as he is handed his first cap. I'll have the full team news for you just as soon as it's confirmed.
4.45am: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportmail's live coverage of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle. This is only a two-Test series, so with a maximum of 10 days cricket to be played over the next couple of weeks, it's vital England get off to a strong start of they are to banish those memories of the whitewash in Pakistan.
Here we go: The captains Andrew Strauss (left) and Mahela Jayawardene pose with the trophy ahead of the two-match series