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England head coach Chris Silverwood backs 'fighter' Dan Lawrence to flourish thanks to his technique and temperament when he makes his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle Dan Lawrence is set to make his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle next week Essex batsman will step up in England's top six for first test starting Thursday Head coach Chris Silverwood backed the 23-year-old to make the step up

By Richard Gibson For Mailonline

Published: 18:11 GMT, 10 January 2021 | Updated: 18:11 GMT, 10 January 2021

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Chris Silverwood insists Dan Lawrence has the technique and temperament to flourish when he makes his Test debut on Thursday.

Like Essex colleague Tom Westley, who was axed after five matches, the 23-year-old has a preference for the on-side, and he is known on the county circuit as Legside Larry.

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However, he looked accomplished in making an unbeaten 46 in intra-squad practice ahead of the first Test in Galle, which starts on Thursday, and has the England coach's backing to make the step up in a top six missing Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope on this tour.

Dan Lawrence has been backed to flourish in Test cricket by England coach Chris Silverwood

Dan Lawrence has been backed to flourish in Test cricket by England coach Chris Silverwood

'You don't know until they try. He is strong on his leg side but there is no reason why that can't be a strength and he can adapt that to Test cricket,' Silverwood said.

'I think he's ready. I've known Dan for a long time now having coached the Essex second team when he was coming through and he's always played his way.

'He's a great character and a fighter with lots of skill. He does not get flustered. He doesn't care who the opposition are. He loves scoring runs, and I saw those characteristics in him as a young man coming through.

'He's showing the same characteristics now so it is great to see

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