Ben Foakes would have no issue with being dropped

Ben Foakes could not have asked for a better Test debut, but he realises that he may be dropped next week.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes   -  Getty Images

Ben Foakes would have no issue with stepping aside for Jonny Bairstow in England's second Test against Sri Lanka despite a man-of-the-match display on his debut in Galle.

Foakes grasped his chance with both hands after Bairstow was ruled out with an ankle injury, scoring a century in the first innings and a quickfire 37 in the second on day three.

The wicketkeeper-batsman also impressed with the gloves as the tourist wrapped up a 211-run victory, but knows that he could miss out in Kandy next week.

"Jonny, I think, will be fit. I guess he's the number one and if I play one game I'm quite happy with that one," Foakes said.

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"The big thing for me is just making my debut and being able to say I'm an England Test cricketer. Regardless of what's happened, that's such a special feeling that no-one can take away."

"To be honest if you asked me two weeks ago, I was having six months off, so to be sat here now is unbelievable."

Foakes says that there will be no hard feelings in the squad regardless of who gets the nod. "It's such a good team environment to walk into. Everyone wants everyone to do well. You can understand in some teams there's different guys going for different spots, but there's none of that," he said.

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