Mark Nicholas

Cricket presenter for Channel Nine in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK

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School children show their appreciation for Rangana Herath

Herath's goodbye, Root's hello

It was a less than memorable goodbye for a legend. For England's captain, it's all coming up roses

Ben Stokes was struck a painful blow while batting

How about Stokes at No. 3?

Selection for the first Test is tricky but England's ambition should be to embrace options rather than retreat to type

Jason Roy helped England to a brisk start

England have ability. Do they have adaptability?

The next four matches in Sri Lanka will tell if they have a capacity for considered expression and the skill to thoughtfully adapt to the circumstances and conditions

James Vince pulls during his lengthy innings

The case for Vince

Why England ought to play him in the fourth Test, bring in Moeen Ali, and bring back Sam Curran