The England wicketkeeper suffered ligament damage in his right ankle while playing football
Trevor Bayliss has confirmed Jonny Bairstow will miss England’s first Test against Sri Lanka, but he has yet to decide upon who will replace him as wicketkeeper.
Bairstow suffered ligament damage in his right ankle playing football during the one-day leg of the tour and despite making good progress he will not be be ready for Galle.
Jos Buttler will play regardless and could take the over behind the stumps but there is also a temptation to give a debut to Ben Foakes, rated as the best worker on the county circuit.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Bayliss said: “Jonny is not available for this Test match.
“He has come on a long way in the last week or so but with another winter tour and a big summer we didn’t necessarily want to risk it.”
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