Sri Lanka v England: No way tourists can leave Ben Foakes out - Michael Vaughan

Sri Lanka v England: No way tourists can leave Ben Foakes out - Michael Vaughan
Ben Foakes took two catches and stumped Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on the second day in Galle

England can not leave Ben Foakes following his Test debut, against Sri Lanka in Galle, says Michael Vaughan.

Wicketkeeper Foakes, Jonny Bairstow, made three figures on the second day as England posted a first innings of 342.

The tourists dismissed Sri Lanka for 203 to end the day with a 177-run lead.

"There's no way they can leave him out of the side," former England captain Vaughan said.

Foakes hit 107 to help England recover from another top collapse and performed well behind the stumps as England dominated the day's play.

The 25-year-old Bairstow's ankle injury and only found out on Monday that he would make his debut.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Vaughan said, "I'm no wicketkeeping expert but I can see it looks natural, and foakes looks like a natural ability.

"Jonny [Bairstow] and Jos [Buttler] want to get their minds right into being batsmen. "

England play 'the high-class way'

Vaughan said Foakes, who battled for 287 minutes and faced 202 deliveries, provided a good balance to England's aggressive batsmen.

"There are so many firecrackers in there and foakes can be that solid rock," he said.

Wow, England wants to have a good test match team, with an engine room as strong as they have ever had. "

England have struggled away from home in recent years; they have not won a Test abroad since 2016 and are without a win in their past 13 overseas tests.

The batsmen did not start well but foakes put England in a strong position and the bowlers performed well to give the tourists a first-innings lead.

"If you take that first session on one day, where England were horrendous, the following five have been outstanding," Vaughan added.

"They have played Test cricket the high-class way."

'It was meant to be my day'

James Anderson joked about Ben Foakes's comments about his batting following the second day's play

Foakes became the second England wicket keeper to make a century test debut after Matt Prior in 2007.

Resuming on 87, Foakes hit the first ball of the day.

"My brother got last night – that's amazing – and my mum is getting here in about an hour," Foakes told Sky Sports.

"It was amazing to get a hundred."

England's bowlers backed up Foakes' performance, with off-shooter Moeen Ali taking 4-66 as they bowled the hosts out in 68 overs.

Jack Leach, who took 2-41, told BBC Sport, "I feel like spinners compliment each other well.

"It would be great to win. It would be great to win.

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