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Will the First Test between England and Sri Lanka be a damp squib?

Rain set to interrupt First Test against an inexperienced Sri Lanka.

The First Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka starts tomorrow with the prospect of losing around half of the five days' play if weather forecasts are accurate.

None of the days are sold out, with a Sri Lanka team missing its recently retired superstars Sangakkara, Dilshan and Jayawardene. So what interest is there in this game?

Both sides are in a state of transition particularly in terms of batsmen with England only have two experienced, settled Test batsmen amongst the the top six with Bairstow, Hales and Compton having less than 40 caps between them and Hampshire's James Vince making his debut.

Another potential debutant for England is Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball whose 19 wickets this year have earned him a place in the 12-man squad, but is surely relying on an injury to Finn, Broad and Anderson to make his way into the team this summer.

Sri Lanka have an inexperienced team with many players having never toured England before and only Matthews and Chandimal average over 35.

When play is possible the prospect of facing Anderson, Broad and Finn on a damp, green Headingley pitch will be a daunting one for the Sri Lankan novices. However, with the departure of their batting superstars, the motivation is their for a young batsmen to book his place in the team for the next 10 years.

I can only see two winners in this Test: England or the weather. Whilst the Sri Lankans will be looking forward to some sunshine to help them feel at home, they may be hoping for rain by Saturday.

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