Saturday 17 November 2018

Foakes stars with century on Test debut

England's Ben Foakes (L) celebrates his century next to his teammate James Anderson. Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
England's Ben Foakes (L) celebrates his century next to his teammate James Anderson. Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

James Hall

Ben Foakes marked his Test debut with a century and impressed with his glovework, too, as England bowled out Sri Lanka for 203 before stretching their lead to 177 runs on the second day of the opening Test.

The tourists were 38 without loss at stumps yesterday after their bowlers, led by off-spinner Moeen Ali, had earned them a handy 139-run first-innings lead at the Galle Stadium.

All eyes had been on Foakes at the start of play, when he resumed needing 13 runs for a century in his first Test innings with England on 321-8. He reached three figures before falling to Suranga Lakmal.

Foakes hit 10 boundaries in his sparkling 107 and is the second England wicketkeeper, after Matt Prior, to score a century on his Test debut.

Irish Independent

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