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Ben Foakes: Essex-born cricketer makes history as he reaches debut England century

Foakes hit a century on his Test debut in Galle. Credit: PA

Essex-born cricketer Ben Foakes became only the second wicketkeeper to score a century on his debut for England after he reached the milestone against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Foakes, who grew up in Colchester and played for Frinton-on-Sea Cricket Club for several years, resumed overnight on 87 not out and was eventually dismissed for 107.

His score helped England reach 342 - a score that looked nigh on impossible when Foakes first came to the crease at 103-5 on Tuesday.

It means the 25-year-old becomes only the fifth wicketkeeper in Test history to hit a hundred on his first appearance for his country, and the only Englishman to do so since Matt Prior did it against West Indies in 2007.

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Members of Foakes' old cricket club in Frinton gathered in the clubhouse to watch him and raised a glass to celebrate his achievement.

He also made further history with the gloves as Sri Lanka struggled in their first innings, becoming the first England wicketkeeper to take a stumping in the first innings of his Test debut since Bob Taylor in 1971.

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