Sri Lanka vs England: Ben Foakes showed the best way to the bat - Jonathan Agnew

Sri Lanka vs England: Ben Foakes showed the best way to the bat - Jonathan Agnew
Ben Foakes scored 87 of 184 balls

During my work, I saw many players debuting at Test Cricket and personally, I was someone who was consumed with nerves in my first test.

In his innings of 87, who had not come out on the first day against Sri Lanka, Ben Foakes showed that he could be one of those who easily switch from County Cricket.

Having come on 103-5 in his first test, with England playing so horribly, could have been a cause for panic, but the Surrey man showed a lot of calm and showed those who were in front of him how to do it.

He moved his feet well. There were no stupid chances. He did not try to control the bowling as before. He played the way you should on the first day of a warm-up match, and that was all that went with it.

Foakes was only called into the squad as wicketkeeper / batsman when Jonny Bairstow was injured during the one-day series.

We'll be discussing the selection before the next test match because Foakes made things complicated – but I liked that Bairstow was the first person on the line to hit him on the back at the end of the day and say well done.

I thought that was great and shows that England has a healthy team spirit.

First-rate aggression exceptional

Joe Root had a frenetic 35 of 46 balls

I really did not understand the strategy of England's supreme order in the morning. Something went wrong.

I say strategy because the method of attack that defeated the supreme battle must have been planned.

They were not blown away by awkward deliveries or a devastating spell, but lost their antics by reckless punches and the compulsion to aggressively beat. It was extraordinary.

It is no witchcraft to know that the strategy England has been pursuing is not the way you will succeed on the subcontinent.

I am surprised by the tactics, as both England coach Trevor Bayliss and his assistant Paul Farbrace spent a lot of time training Sri Lanka. They know how to play here and they know that this is not the way to go.

England has made changes to their team, and I think the team they chose was the right one, but if they play like their batsmen at the start, they will not win here in Sri Lanka. If they play like this, they will lose.

I'm going to apologize to Rory Burns – it's always an unfortunate way to get caught on the leg side – but the punches Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali played were really disappointing.

Cricket on the subcontinent is an advantage. It's about long hitting, because while you hit, the field of play worsens and you give your bowlers a greater chance. It's not about trying to make money and smashing a few runs.

We wondered how England would manage without Alastair Cook, who had dropped out of the test squad for the first time since 2006, and it would not be fair to judge by just one mission.

But aside from Burns's unfortunate layoff coming down the side of his leg, Cook would not have gone down like everyone else – arched limb stump, arched middle stump that swept the field.

If England's supreme order is to start a new chapter without him, they will have to be far more effective and mature.

Before a ball was thrown, I thought that a good score was 350, but when I saw the pitch, I increased the number to 400.

England would have definitely reached 400 if they had played properly and had not thrown away their doors.

Now it's about getting to 350 and beyond, hoping they'll roll well enough to pull them back in.

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