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Jack Leach delights that old mate Jos Buttler catches his bowling

Jack Leach delights that old mate Jos Buttler catches his bowling

Jack Leach eventually reached the scorebook entry he had always wanted when the English spinners took control of the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Leach ended with a tidy two for 41 of 18 overs of left-arm rotation in only his second Test when the Sri Lankans were hurled for 203.

But his personal highlight came when he removed No 8 Dilruwan Perera, caught by his old friend Jos Buttler.

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) - they first played together in the Under 11s

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) - they first played together in the Under 11s

Jack Leach (left) celebrates with Jos Buttler (right) – they first played together in the Under 11s

Leach & # 39; s second wicket of the day saw Buttler catch the catch to defeat Dilruwan Perera

Leach & # 39; s second wicket of the day saw Buttler catch the catch to defeat Dilruwan Perera

Leach & # 39; s second wicket of the day saw Buttler catch the catch to defeat Dilruwan Perera

I ran to him while he screamed: "caught, Buttler thrown, Leach", & # 39; he said. & # 39; Those were my exact words.

& # 39; To be there with him is something very special for me. We started playing together for the Under 11s – that would have been the first "caught Buttler-blown Leach". & # 39;

& # 39; I was upset when he had to leave Somerset. We always talked about playing together again – hopefully for England and hopefully for Somerset. I'm working on that! & # 39;

Since making his test debut in Christchurch in March, Leach – who had not called to the tour of India two years ago after being concerned about the legality of his action – a second cap was denied by some heavily timed injuries.

But he started an impeccable opening time of 12-2-17-1 by defeating the outside edge of Kusal Mendis with his first ball and caught Mendis at the age of twenty.

With fellow-spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who entered six wickets between them, England established a powerful first-inning lead of 139 – which was expanded to 177 as Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings followed a tricky 12-way spell.

& # 39; It actually went as well as planned for us, & # 39; said Leach. We put as much pressure as possible on them, and what Joe [Root] asked of us, we did.

It is the first time that captured Buttler, vaulted Leach & # 39; on the international level in the scorebook

It is the first time that captured Buttler, vaulted Leach & # 39; on the international level in the scorebook

It is the first time that captured Buttler, vaulted Leach & # 39; on the international level in the scorebook

Leach kept it tight all day with his twist on the left arm while England 203 swelled

Leach kept it tight all day with his twist on the left arm while England 203 swelled

Leach kept it tight all day with his twist on the left arm while England 203 swelled

& # 39; I can not thank Mo and Rash enough for how relaxed they made me feel. It is a great group to be involved with. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan batting coach Thilan Samaraweera beat his team after their collapse.

& # 39; There are no demons in the field, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Our choices were very bad today.

& # 39; We did not do well: that is the bottom line. It is not a 200 pitch, because day two behaved very well. Five to six boys had very soft redundancies. & # 39;

The hosts were disappointed with their batting efforts and followed England with 177 runs up close

The hosts were disappointed with their batting efforts and followed England with 177 runs up close

The hosts were disappointed with their batting efforts and followed England with 177 runs up close

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