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FORMER Frinton cricketer Ben Foakes has blasted a half-century on his England Test debut.

The Colchester-born wicketkeeper is in action in Sri Lanka, with the first Test having started earlier this morning in Galle.

Foakes has marked his first Test in style with a half-century from 111 balls.

He tucked a single away off his pads to help England bring up 200.

The 25-year-old has become the fourth wicketkeeper in a row to score a half-century on debut for England.

Matt Prior was the first, then Tim Ambrose and Jos Buttler.

Speaking earlier on the BBC's Test Match Special, England legend Alec Stewart said: "Ben has a great temperament and understands his own game.

"He is the best keeper about but people forget he is a very good batsman indeed.

"He looks comfortable at Test level already."

Foakes also had spells with Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club and Clacton Cricket Club.

He is a former student at Tendring Technology College.