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England likely to field four-man pace attack against Sri Lanka

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England will go into the first Test match against Sri Lanka will good options for their seam attack.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad are guaranteed to be in the starting 11 and they will likely open the bowling.

After impressing in the ODI Series with bat, ball and in the field, Chris Jordan is probably pencilled down to make his Test match debut. The final option is perhaps the most debatable though. Do they pick Chris Woakes or the returning Liam Plunkett?

Both players have gained a yard of pace this season, with the latter bowling upwards of 90 mph. Woakes is more of a steady bowler and may be asked to do the role Tim Bresnan has done so well for England the last few years; tie up an end.

Woakes edges out Plunkett with the bat, despite the Yorkshire player being capable down the order.

However, if you ask the Sri Lankan batsman who they would rather face, I don't think they would say Plunkett. He has been bowling fast and accurate in the County Championship so far this season. He has deployed the tactic of coming round the wicket, and bowling bouncers at the batsman with impressive variety.

With Sri Lankan players notorious for not playing the short ball well, the man that played his last Test match seven-years ago could cause them problems. Both Jordan and Plunkett can bowl at 90mph, which makes them two potent attributes as first and second change bowlers behind the experience of the openers.

South Africa reached number one in the world rankings by using a four man pace attack without a front-line spinner. Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores will be hoping next week's first Test can provide some kind of long-term indication England are capable of doing something similar.

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