Foakes scored 103-5
First test, bile (day one)
England 321-8: Foakes 87, Curran 48; Perera 4-70
Sri Lanka: Still to beat

Debutant Ben Foakes & # 39; s impressive 87 failed to perform on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka after another collapse of England's beating.

England lost five wickets before lunch when the poor shot selection slipped her into the dangerous position of 103-5 after winning the victory in Galle.

But with the 184-ball strike from Wicketkeeper Foakes England conceded at 321-8.

Sam Curran scored 48 in a partnership of 88 with 25-year-old Foakes, who also scored with Jos Buttler 61.

Foakes was one of two English debutants on the team – along with opener Rory Burns, who took the place of Alastair Cook at the top of the order – while Bowler Stuart Broad was omitted.

Burns had dropped out in the third round for nine, and when four more wickets fell in the morning, it looked like England could be played for a small sum.

But Foakes, Buttler and Curran showed more patience than the top-ranked order and led their team to a much improved position that offered England a spinning platform in the game.

Foakes reverses on the opening day

Foakes is England's third wicketkeeper in the last three Tests

Foakes came into action for the first time just before lunch in Test Cricket, despite beating at number seven after seeing the top ranking in front of him go bad.

The batsman was first brought into the squad as a late substitute when Jonny Bairstow was injured during the one-day series.

But compared to those who came and walked quickly before him, he was mature, calm and collected early in his innings.

On the first strike alongside Buttler he blocked good deliveries and was content to bring the ball in the outfield, so that he reached his first limit in tests only with his 44th ball.

The Surrey player took advantage of his feet for more impact and pushed around the wicket as he grew into his innings. He was particularly impressed with how he made the shot by kicking the ball from the spinners to the side of the leg with his feet.

When Buttler Perera landed behind England, it was 164: 6, but again Curran showed up at number eight as a batsman.

As in the summer series against India his defense looked solid and he also hit three big sixes by loose supplies of spinners.

Surrey team-mates Foakes and Curran were out together for 200 balls for their 88 runs, looking at home in the test match environment earlier in the day, unlike the bad punches.

Curran fell to the mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya who first bagged Dinesh Chandimal in a lengthy game, but Adil Rashid then added a 38-ball-35 to give England a score that was probably the success of the opening day.

An attack approach leads to the known collapse

Before the test, Captain Joe Root said his team had to be "bolder" and "braver", and in the morning session it seemed they wanted to play attacking.

They lost two wickets in two balls in the third quarter, Burns got stuck on the leg and number three, Moeen Ali, played the first ball, both dismissed by surfer Suranga Lakmal.

This brought Captain Root to the crease and he was determined to storm down the square and attack, hitting four four-nines with nine bullets early in his innings.

Root made 62 of 81 balls with opener Keaton Jennings, with a one-step running rate over five or more.

The English captain's method of bringing Sri Lanka's Spinner into the field, however, proved to be his downfall when he advanced to the left-handed spinner Rangana Herath, but shook himself and flattened himself.

Jennings was also busy folding and playing a series of conventional and reverse sweeps, reaching 46 of 53 balls – his highest score since being recalled to the team in the summer – but then playing a bad cut to a ball to hit the stump of Dilruwan Perera.

The off-spinner then claimed the sting man of Ben Stokes when the all-rounder also tried to sweep but left his stumps open and wrapped himself around his legs.


Former English captain Michael Vaughan on The Cricket Social

On the subcontinent, I have no idea why you would choose this risky approach. It's like playing against halfway Barcelona against Barcelona.

The biggest culprit is Captain Root. He's too good If he plays in this wild way, he sends a signal to the rest of the team that this is the case.

He did not send the right message to his team.

He does not have to take so many risks. Just sit in a bunker and play if you can.


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