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Jonny Bairstow (AFP Photo)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury he picked up during the ODI series against Sri Lanka which has ruled him out of the first Test that starts from Tuesday in Galle.

Confirming the news, England head coach Trevor Bayliss said they are observing caution considering the busy summer ahead. Bairstow picked up the injury while playing football during training session.

“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,” Bayliss told Test Match Special.

England have backup wicketkeepers in Jos Buttler and Ben Foakes. Buttler hasn’t been able to establish himself as a solid choice behind the stumps but his batting credentials mean he is a regular fixture across the formats.

In case England opt to go for a specialist ‘keeper, Foakes will make his debut but they are yet to settle down on a combination. “They’re both still very much in our thinking and that will probably come down to the combination we want to play,’ said Bayliss. “Definitely one of them will be keeping but how we structure the batting order and what combination of bowlers we put in to the team could determine who eventually gets the gloves.”