"I really don't look at other people," says Ben Foakes on keeper's spot in England Test team

Ben Foakes top scored with the bat against Lanka in Tests and was brilliant with the gloves.

Foakes was England’s Player of the Series with 277 runs in Sri Lanka Tests | Getty Images

England’s newest wicketkeeper batsman Ben Foakes has insisted on Thursday (November 29) that he is not too worried and thinking about his place in the Test side, as there are other two hot contenders –Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler in the line for the role.

It looks like that Foakes has cemented his place in the side following his debut Test series in Sri Lanka, where he amassed 277 runs at an average of 69. He is confident of keeping wickets for Engalnd in Tests following impressive Lanka series.

However, Coach Trevor Bayliss said that he will keeps wickets for England in West Indies, but there is still a bit competition for the place and Foakes just wants to focus on becoming version of him rather thinking about outside things that can't control.

Foakes told reporters, “My personality is such that I generally don't look at other people. If [Joe] Rooty wants me to play then I'll try my best, but if he doesn't then that is out of my control. I don't personally look at outside things and things I can't control. There are a few of us around and there is a bit of competition for places but that is fine. You just try and be the best version that you can be of yourself.”

The 25-year-old is happy with his efforts in Sri Lanka, saying: “I'm happy with the way I kept, but I wouldn't say I felt amazing with the gloves. I find it is such a tricky place to keep that you never find you have any rhythm. It isn't like I've been able to relax into it, I've really had to work and force myself into it, but it has been great fun to do the job and a great challenge.”

Foakes signed off by saying, “I think if I'm keeping then it is something we'll have to work on and knuckle down to sort out. I spoke to Matty Prior about it and he said it felt so strange when [Andrew] Strauss moved and [Alastair] Cook came in so it is something we'll have to have a look at. But Joe is a very good catcher.”

(With The Telegraph Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 29 Nov, 2018

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