Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen lavished praise on Ben Foakes for his brilliant century in his debut Test match against Sri Lanka.
However, Foakes was selected in the team for his glovework. He ended up being the top Englishman with the bat as he helped England to score runs in the middle. Foakes became the second wicket-keeper to score a century in Test debut for England after Matt Prior.
The Surrey cricketer was chosen in the team as coach Trever Bayliss was given the idea. He told that England would need a potential wicket-keeper as there will be more than 100 overs of spin to deliver.
Ben Foakes arrived at the crease after England lost their five wickets in the first essay. From there, he built up some impressive partnerships along with Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and later with Adil Rashid. His excellent knock helped England to past 300 plus landmark in the first innings.
Jonny Bairstow sustained an ankle injury during the limited-over series. The incident took place while he was playing football after a training session. However, Ben Foakes was provided with the opportunity after Buttler got injured in the middle of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, Ben Foakes played a 107 runs knock helped that England to take a healthy lead of 139 runs in the first essay. Kevin Pietersen seemed pleased with Foakes maiden hundred and thus appreciated him by saying smart cricketer, hard worker and super talented.
“A Ben Foakes debut 100. Proud moment and so richly deserved! Smart cricketer! Hard worker! Super talented! Beautifully guided & helped by the brilliant
A Ben Foakes debut 100.
Proud moment and so richly deserved!
Beautifully guided & helped by the brilliant @surreycricket setup!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) November 8, 2018