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England’s Jonny Bairstow struggling to make first Test with ligament damage

• Injury from football warmup rules him out of Twenty20 game
• Surrey’s Ben Foakes may be called up for Sri Lanka series

Jonny Bairstow faces a race to be fit for England’s first Test in Sri Lanka after the ankle injury he sustained during the team’s regular pre-training football match last week was confirmed as ligament damage.

Bairstow missed the 18-run DLS victory on Saturday in Kandy – a result which secured a 3-0 lead in the one?day series with one game to play – and has now, following a scan, been ruled out of the fifth ODI on Monday and the one-off Twenty20 international this weekend.

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