GALLE (AFP) - Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes hit a century on his test debut at hand England a challenging first innings rating of 342 towards Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Foakes started out day of the first test on 87 and fast made a ton with a boundary off Suranga Lakmal, elevating his bat to a status ovation from the Galle crowd.

The right-exceeded batsman hit Lakmal for some other four before the paceman got him stuck out at extra cowl for 107 as England’s innings folded early in the first session.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took the wicket of in a single day batsman Jack Leach, for 15, to sign in a 5-wicket haul in a in shape that marks spin legend Rangana Herath’s swansong.

there was tension within the packed ground whilst Leach became brushed off within the 5th over of the morning and quantity 11 batsman James Anderson forced to hold out four Perera deliveries before Foakes should regain the strike.

Foakes, who changed an injured Jonny Bairstow, have become the 20 th English batsman to attain 100 in his first check.

The 25-12 months-antique took crease with England on 103-five after electing to bat first on Tuesday and weathered the typhoon with some practical batting, building essential partnerships at the way.

His 50 plus stands with Jos Buttler (38), Sam Curran (48) and Adil Rashid (35) paved the manner for England’s revival as they ended the first day on 321-eight.