England called Ben Foakes of Surrey as a cover for test goalkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who damaged his ankle ligaments while playing football during the one-day series with Sri Lanka.
Bairstow was discarded from the last ODI in Colombo, and will miss the international T20 on Saturday, and should be considered a doubt for the first test, which starts in Galle in just under two weeks. England plays two warm-up games of two days in Colombo, starting on October 30, and Bairstow is expected to be evaluated before that date.
If not fit, Jos Buttler would probably be the preferred candidate to take the gloves, as a backup He did during the Indian series after Bairstow broke a finger in the Ageas Bowl. Buttler has played as a specialized batsman in the 7th position since his withdrawal from Test in May, and Bairstow is reluctant to give up the gloves despite having batted more in the order.
Foakes, who will arrive in Sri Lanka over the weekend, has yet to win a top-flight in any format for England, despite having toured Australia last winter as a companion to the Ashes. He is considered one of the best guardians of the game currently, while he is also good enough to have an average of 40.64 in first class cricket.
It is understood that the management of the England team in Sri Lanka has felt for some time that Foakes should be on the test side of Galle, where the turn is expected to play an important role and that the demands of the holder that The stumps are probably big. It seems that the selectors in England, worried perhaps by the way in which the presence of Foakes could play in the mind of Bairstow or Buttler, were less enthusiastic, but now they agree. in the Surrey pair of Rory Burns and Ollie Pope. But Burns, who will probably make his debut in the first game, has only kept his wicket in three first-class matches, while Pope, 20, has done so in four.
The absence of Bairstow would put more pressure on an inconsistent testing batting lineup as England prepares to form a team without Alastair Cook for the first time in almost 13 years. The first three could present to two debutants, with Joe Denly also competing for inclusion, while Pope, with two caps, would be a candidate to fill Bairstow's position as batsman.