Our resort Weligama is some 45 minutes away from Galle where the Test ground is situated but it’s a pleasant coastal drive past surfers and fishermen some on stilts.
Stray dogs, three wheelers called tuk-tuks, scooters, buses and coaches all compete for pole position on the single lane road.
The gaudy advertising hoardings like Hammer Film posters above the corrugated shops roadside contrast poorly with the soft blue waves of the Indian Ocean.
Between 2012 and 2015 England did not manage one stumping but Foakes took his with aplomb as well as his century.
Two more strong sessions from England and the lead should be unassailable.
That said, this is a poor Sri Lankan side feeling the loss of Sangakkara and Jayawardene who incidentally own the best restaurant in Sri Lanka.
It’s a slightly badly balanced England side with so many wicket keepers and all rounders. Jonny Bairstow will do well to get back into the side and Moeen Ali is no three. However, you can only beat the opposition in front of you and England look well capable of that.
As ever the Sri Lankans are delightful, forever smiling and helpful. Even the armed soldier in the speedy response unit in fatigues with his AK 47 guarding the player’s entry to the pitch flashed me a gleaming smile of welcome.