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Retired Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan has said there isn't much he can do for his compatriots as they struggle to come to terms with their dramatic first Test defeat against England.

Andrew Strauss praised his England team's ruthless winning mentality after they turned what seemed like a certain draw in the first test against Sri Lanka on Monday into a remarkable victory.

England pulled off a dramatic victory in the first Test after Sri Lanka were bowled out for their joint fourth lowest total following four-wicket hauls from off-spinner Graeme Swann and pace bowler Chris Tremlett on Monday.

England declared on 496-5 on the final day of the first Test with Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens on Monday, but a draw is almost inevitable.

A double century from Jonathan Trott gave England an outside chance of victory in the first Test with Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens, helping his side to 491-5 at stumps on Sunday.

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott scored unbeaten centuries and shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 240-run as England closed day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka on 287 for two.

Prasanna Jayawardene's hundred left Sri Lanka well-placed against England on the second day of the first Test here on Friday. The wicketkeeper's 112 was the cornerstone of Sri Lanka's first innings 400, a total that appeared some way off when he came in at 159 for four.

Prasanna Jayawardene struck a brilliant century before England bowled out Sri Lanka for 400 on day two of the first Test at Sophia Gardens on Friday.

Sri Lanka's openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana, gave their team a solid start to the first Test in Cardiff before England's bowlers hit back on a truncated day.