Sport 24 – London – Former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior reckons Ben Foakes’s hundred on his Test debut in the series opener against Sri Lanka has left the selectors with a “nightmare decision”.

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  • London – Former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior reckons Ben Foakes’s hundred on his Test debut in the series opener against Sri Lanka has left the selectors with a “nightmare decision”.
  • Foakes was only given his England chance after first-choice Test wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow sustained an ankle injury playing football in a warm-up during the preceding one-day series but he responded with a fine 107 in England’s first innings in Galle.
  • “Getting a debut hundred is phenomenal but in this innings in particular, to walk out at 103 for five and play in foreign conditions, with all the challenges that come with that, is just a huge, huge effort,” said Prior, a member of the talkSPORT radio commentary team covering the series in Sri Lanka.
  • Foakes’s century, allied to some subsequent sound work behind the stumps, has left England with a dilemma should Bairstow be fit for the second Test in Pallekelle.
  • England ended Wednesday’s second day on 38 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 177 runs after they dismissed Sri Lanka for 203 in the hosts’ first innings.


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