Jonny Bairstow clinched England's first test with Sri Lanka after injuring his ankle playing soccer … with Jos Buttler or Ben Foakes to fight back
- Jonny Bairstow will miss the first test between England and Sri Lanka in Galle
- Wicketkeeper has not fully recovered from ligament injuries in the right ankle
- Bairstow injured while playing football during practice
- Jos Buttler will still play in the team, but could take the gloves on Tuesday
- However, Ben Foakes could be a goalkeeper to release Buttler
Press Association reporter
English coach Trevor Bayliss has confirmed that Jonny Bairstow will miss the first test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, but is not sure who will replace him as wicketkeeper.
Bairstow sustained a ligament injury to his right ankle playing football during the one-day tour of the tour. Despite good progress, he will not be ready for bile.
Jos Buttler will play anyway and take the lead behind the stumps, but there is also the temptation to make a debut for Ben Foakes, who is considered the best worker in the circle.
Jonny Bairstow will miss England's first test with Sri Lanka due to an ankle injury
The wicketkeeper injured himself during a training session on October 19 when playing soccer at the ankle
In interviews with Test Match Special and talkSPORT, Bayliss said: "Jonny is not available for this test match.
"He came very far last week, but with another winter tour and a big summer, we did not really want to risk it."
Buttler admitted last week that he was dissatisfied with his own handiwork as he remained during the one-day series and aroused Foake's hopes.
Jos Buttler, who was here in a warm-up match with Wicket last week, took the gloves with him
Ben Foakes, who also learned a little practice in the past week, is another option in the role
SRI LANKA V ENGLAND
First test – bile
6th to 10th of November
Second Test – Pallekele
14th to 18th of November
Third Test – Colombo
23rd to 27th of November
Both players completed training exercises on the outfield after net training and it seems that a final verdict has to wait.
"Both are still thinking very much in our thinking and this is likely to be due to the combination we want to play," said Bayliss.
"In any case, one of them will hold, but how we structure the batting order, and what combination of bowlers we use in the team, could determine who will eventually get the gloves."