TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Foakes continues incredible run for debutants
TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Ben Foakes continues incredible run for debutant wicketkeepers as Rangana Herath joins a select group of bowlers
- REPORT: England closed day one of the first Test vs Sri Lanka on 321 for eight
- Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes made an unbeaten 87 for the tourists in Galle
- Here, Wisden Editor LAWRENCE BOOTH runs the rule over the best of the action
England finished day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on 321 for eight thanks to a brilliant debut innings from wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.
The 25-year-old hit an unbeaten 87 as England recovered from another poor start to wrestle their way back into the game.
Here, LAWRENCE BOOTH runs the rule over the best of the action.
Rangana Herath became only the third player to take 100 Test wickets at a single venue
When Rangana Herath bowled Joe Root, he become only the third player to take 100 Test wickets at a single venue.
His Sri Lankan compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan did it at three (Colombo’s SSC, Kandy and here at Galle), while Jimmy Anderson ticked off his century at Lord’s earlier this year.
Ben Foakes is the fourth wicketkeeper in a row to score at least 50 on Test debut for England, after Matt Prior (126 not out v West Indies at Lord’s in 2007), Tim Ambrose (55 v New Zealand at Hamilton in 2007-08) and Jos Buttler (85 v India at Southampton in 2014).
Jonny Bairstow’s Test debut, in 2012, came as a specialist batsman.
Ben Foakes is the fourth wicketkeeper in a row to score at least 50 on Test debut for England
Keaton Jennings made 46 – his highest score in 11 innings since returning to the Test team against Pakistan at Headingley in June. But his failure to convert it into a 50 means he has now gone 19 Test innings without a half-century, stretching back to December 2016 in Chennai.
Sam Curran continued his habit of chipping in with useful runs from No 8. His 48 was the eighth time in his nine Test innings he has scored at least 20 – and he now averages nearly 38, more than anyone in this side bar Joe Root.
England made three changes from their previous Test at the Oval. Out went Alastair Cook (161 caps), Jonny Bairstow (59) and Stuart Broad (123). In came Rory Burns (0), Ben Foakes (0) and Jack Leach (1). Just a difference of 342 caps there!
Sam Curran continued his habit of chipping in with useful runs from No 8, making 48 in Galle
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