That's all Foakes! Debutant leads England's recovery in Galle

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Root had steadied England when the visitors found themselves 10 for 2 after debutant opener Rory Burns was caught behind off Surange Lakmal for nine and Moeen Ali was bowled next ball.

Galle, Nov 6 Debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes led England's revival after the tourists lost half their side for 103 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Buttler and Foakes sensibly abandoned the ultra-aggressive batting which had cost England dear in the morning session and combined in a 61-run stand for the sixth wicket.

England won the toss and made a decision to bat first in the opening test of a three-match series against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka wasted both their reviews inside 12 overs but it was the golden arm of retiring 40-year-old Rangana Herath that ended Root's 62-run stand with Jennings.

Muralitharan had taken 100 wickets or more at Galle, Kandy and SSC Colombo, while England paceman James Anderson holds the record at Lord's.

Foakes found another able ally in Surrey team-mate Curran, the pair sprinkling in the odd controlled moment of aggression to complement an otherwise composed approach to batting that belied their lack of worldwide experience.

After Root's dismissal, Perera skittled Keaton Jennings four short of his 50 before bowling Ben Stokes around his legs for seven as he attempted to sweep.

Six of the eight wickets that fell were claimed by spin bowlers - Dilruwan Perera taking 4-70 - which may well give Leach encouragement come Sri Lanka's turn to bat.

It was the early pace of Suranga Lakmal, however, that undid the top order of a side playing their first Test without England great Cook who left the worldwide arena in September.

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