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Debutant Ben Foakes unbeaten on 87 after leading England recovery in Galle

Ben Foakes was planning a winter off. Having been omitted from the Test squad he was understandably given leave of absence for any more Lions’ duty. But on the island that gave us the notion of serendipity everything has suddenly changed for Foakes in an unexpectedly benign way. First there was Jonny Bairstow’s damaged ankle when playing football, which prompted his call-up. Then last week with Joe Denly failing to convince there was a rethink and a reshuffle, which catapulted Foakes into the Test team to bat at seven and keep wicket.

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