Ben Foakes completes century on debut as England post 342 in first innings against Sri Lanka | Cricket News

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Ben Foakes is unbeaten on 87 overnight on his Test debut

Ben Foakes is unbeaten on 87 overnight on his Test debut

Ben Foakes completed a fine debut century on the second morning of the first Test against Sri Lanka as England were dismissed for 342.


The Surrey wicketkeeper resumed overnight on 87, having helped rescue England from a terrible start to their innings, and was hoping tailenders Jack Leach and James Anderson would stick around long enough to see him to three figures.

Twelve of the 13 runs he needed came in boundaries, a crunching drive from the first ball of the day, a neatly timed pull to fine leg and a straight blow down the ground to reach his hundred.

Leach had earlier nicked Dilruwan Perera to slip with Foakes on 95, with Foakes last man out for 107 after mis-timing Suranga Lakmal.

Foakes became the 20th Englishman to score a century in his first Test and just the second wicketkeeper after Matt Prior in 2007.

The 25-year-old’s dream debut took another memorable turn when he took a catch just two balls into the Sri Lanka innings.

James Anderson swung one outside the off stump, Dimuth Karunaratne felt for it and Foakes pouched it safely. Karunaratne immediately reviewed only for the UltraEdge technology to show a slight edge.

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