Joe Root said he had hit like an "inverted swan", visibly frantic but internally calm, after his brilliant second episode a hundred helped lead England to a position of authority on the third day in Pallekele.
Root made 124 of 146 balls, with ten fours and two sixes, while England reached 324 for 9 before the rain caused an early end. It was his 15th century test, and one of his best results so far, as he helped build an advantage of 278, an advantage that is priceless in the fourth inning of a rotating platform.
"To begin with, I felt a little bit around the world, a little hectic," Root told Sky Sports. "It was like a swan upside down, I felt pretty calm underneath, but my legs were shaking on the outside."
"It was about trying to bowl bowlers in the areas you wanted, risk some risks beforehand, and get used to how the surface is playing."
20 and little, and I walked a few limits, I felt I was doing my best to sweep. It made things a lot easier and I was able to start working on a really good method on that surface. "
Root's methods were a continuation of England's unconventional approach to Asian conditions: having been guilty of dying thinking about their visits more recent to the subcontinent, especially during their 4-0 defeat in India two years ago, have resolved on this trip to keep the races coming instead of waiting for the unplayable ball to send them down the road.  "Those are the natural games of the boys, "he said." You have to play in your favor, and we certainly have done it throughout this tour with the bat. "
gives the team a better chance to score in a wide range of circumstances. when we lost the land in a group, sometimes we got a score of 4.5 / 5 in more, at no time did we feel under great amounts of pressure, we were exerting it on them again ".
Root admitted that calculated risks had been an aspect of England's play, but he said there were times when scoring the race was an obvious choice than defending the stone wall.
"You try to play it on the line," he said. "A rotating ball pen on the left arm out of the stump, you might want to sweep, it's a free throw, it's not going to hit the stumps or get lbw, so it could be a better option than playing from the straight."
Similarly, for those who play outside the court, you want to play with the lines and in which areas it is best for them to bow. You play small individual games, you and your partner at the other end, and best of all was that we kept the board running at a very good pace, which was a credit to the guys that go out and play that way.  "We're not going to do well all the time, but we've given ourselves a chance in this game," he said. "And if we play well on this surface, hopefully we'll create at least ten chances."
Root paid a particular tribute to Rory Burns, who conducted his first half-century test at the top of the order, and set the tone for England's approach, despite the early loss of the night watchman, Jack Leach .
"Losing early Leach, we had a little deficit, so we were tempted to get into our shells, but the boys played with freedom, good courage, but with respect to some good balls too.
" Burns He went out to bat calmly, with control of what he is trying to do, he was imperturbable if he wanted to. When you see him hit, he has everything there is to follow and have a very good race in Pruebas. "
The overnight rain threatens to add an extra layer of intrigue to the Sri Lankan race, when it starts to the fall of the final window of England.
"It will be interesting to see how the field plays with this amount of rain tonight," Root said. "If he grabs it and spins it a little more, or holds it together a little better The most important thing is that we recognize how it will be and we adapt very quickly.
"It is possible that we have attacked too much with some of the fields in the first entries, we saw it turn and we got a bit dizzy, myself in particular, but we might have to wait a little longer, be a bit more patients and hit the stumps more often. "