Sri Lanka Wins Toss, Bats First Against England in Series Opener

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and chose to bat first against England in their series-opening cricket Test in Galle.

All-rounder Samit Patel will make his Test debut for top- ranked England, which is seeking to rebound from a 3-0 sweep of Test losses against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January and February. Sri Lanka is without a Test series win since August 2009.

SRI LANKA: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedera.

ENGLAND: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

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