There were some “anxious” moments for Ben Foakes’ family members before the debutant wicket-keeper & batsman registered a hundred against Sri Lanka on the second day’s play in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium on Wednesday.
Foakes, the overnight batsman was five short of his first Test hundred when the ninth wicket fell at the other end.
“That was a very nervous time. But he got there so I’m happy for him”, Ben Foakes’ elder brother, Matt Foakes, also a cricketer, who has arrived in Sri Lanka with his mother (Fiona), said exclusively over telephone from the ground.
“It was a very emotional time. I would have cried had he not reached to his hundred”.
“Absolutely amazing day for Ben! Super proud of him and all the hard work he has put in. He has really pushed hard for this opportunity and has managed to grab it. What a day!”, the brother added.
Foakes century scoring shot was a four. His last three scoring shots before being Lakmal’s victim were all fours.
“He (Ben) didn’t lose concentration. He was trying to get Jimmy (Anderson) on strike. Scoring it with a 1 or a 4 didn’t matter. He wouldn’t have cared if he didn’t get a 100 as he is a team player”.
“An extremely proud brother to watch my brother achieve his ambitions and dreams. All his hard work to pay off….
“It’s a very emotional day for me and my mum”, the brother signed off.
Foakes is the fifth wicket keeper to score a century on his Test debut. Prior to him, Matt Prior did so against West Indies at Lord’s in 2007.