Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes wants to make his debut in the first Test against Sri Lanka in England

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes wants to make his debut in the first Test against Sri Lanka in England

England is expected to make a test debut to Ben Foakes of Surrey, who was named "best wicketkeeper in the world" by Alec Stewart, his cricket director in Surrey, last year.

Foakes was originally called up for the Sri Lanka test series, which starts in Galle on Tuesday after their first keeper Jonny Bairstow injured his foot at the ankle.

Jos Buttler remained behind the stumps as a likely substitute for Bairstow, but Joe Denly had no runs last week during the two England-related rain warm-up games in Colombo.

Ben Foakes will be England's goalkeeper in the first test with Sri Lanka in Galle

Ben Foakes will be England's goalkeeper in the first test with Sri Lanka in Galle

Ben Foakes will be England's goalkeeper in the first test with Sri Lanka in Galle

Foakes replaces Jonny Bairstow (right) behind the stumps after his ankle injury

Foakes replaces Jonny Bairstow (right) behind the stumps after his ankle injury

Foakes replaces Jonny Bairstow (right) behind the stumps after his ankle injury

James Anderson splashes in the puddles Monday at Galle International Stadium

James Anderson splashes in the puddles Monday at Galle International Stadium

James Anderson splashes in the puddles Monday at Galle International Stadium

Stuart Broad and Co trained in Galle on the eve of the inaugural test

Stuart Broad and Co trained in Galle on the eve of the inaugural test

Stuart Broad and Co trained in Galle on the eve of the inaugural test

During training at the Galle International Stadium, you can take long walks over the water-filled blankets

During training at the Galle International Stadium, you can take long walks over the water-filled blankets

During training at the Galle International Stadium, you can take long walks over the water-filled blankets

Sri Lanka against 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

The most likely scenario now is that Foakes, with teammate Rory Burns, will win a first test cap, while Buttler will play as a batsman specialist, probably in sixth place.

25-year-old Foakes spent another wet day in Galle to improve his handiwork with England coach Bruce French while Buttler focused on his beating.

Theoretically, England should not be weakened by the move. Foakes averaged 40 in first-class cricket, with eight hundred out of 137 innings. In contrast, Buttler is on average 32, with five hundred of 140 innings.

The English skipper Joe Root inspects the surface before the first of three tests in Sri Lanka

The English skipper Joe Root inspects the surface before the first of three tests in Sri Lanka

The English skipper Joe Root inspects the surface before the first of three tests in Sri Lanka

The fortress Galle is visible in the background, while the landlords move a cover for Root

The fortress Galle is visible in the background, while the landlords move a cover for Root

The fortress Galle is visible in the background, while the landlords move a cover for Root

Root plays the ball while England is training on the eve of the first of three tests with Sri Lanka

Root plays the ball while England is training on the eve of the first of three tests with Sri Lanka

Root plays the ball while England is training on the eve of the first of three tests with Sri Lanka

Rory Burns (left) and Keaton Jennings, the new opening partnership for England

Rory Burns (left) and Keaton Jennings, the new opening partnership for England

Rory Burns (left) and Keaton Jennings, the new opening partnership for England

English selector Ed Smith straightens his hair as he talks to Trevor Bayliss in Galle

English selector Ed Smith straightens his hair as he talks to Trevor Bayliss in Galle

English selector Ed Smith straightens his hair as he talks to Trevor Bayliss in Galle

On the first test in Galle this week, at least one day, some rain is predicted

On the first test in Galle this week, at least one day, some rain is predicted

On the first test in Galle this week, at least one day, some rain is predicted

In addition, Foake's work behind the tree stumps has often been outstanding, having won the county title for the first time since 2002.

If Foake's bats beat No. 7, Moeen Ali could play his role in No. 3. The only debate would be how to configure the bowling attack, with Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all fighting for a place.

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