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England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes ruled out of the New Zealand Test series; replacement announced

England wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand due to a hamstring injury. According to an official statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Foakes sustained the injury after he slipped in the change room following Surrey‘s County Championship fixture against Middlesex at the Oval. He is expected to remain out of action for at least three months.
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Ben Foakes: England wicketkeeper ruled out of New Zealand series after freak injury

A freak accident in The Oval changing room has ruled Ben Foakes out for three months with a torn hamstring and, thus, out of England’s upcoming Test series against New Zealand and potentially India, too. Foakes picked up the injury after the finale of Surrey’s County Championship match with Middlesex on Sunday. While walking through the home changing room at the end of the final day’s play, the wicketkeeper is said to have slipped in his socks, tearing his left hamstring. The unfortunate nature of the incident is compounded by the fact that Foakes was due to play both...
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England’s Ben Foakes out of New Zealand Test series after suffering freak injury

Ben Foakes has been ruled out of England’s Test series against New Zealand after tearing his hamstring in freak circumstances, opening the door for James Bracey’s international debut and Haseeb Hameed’s eye-catching return to the fold. Wicketkeeper Foakes had been hoping to make his appearance on home soil at Lord’s...
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Snow hits Glamorgan hopes as Rory Burns and Ben Foakes shine for Surrey

Heavy snowfall at Headingley led to stumps being called early on the penultimate day of the game between Yorkshire and Glamorgan while England pair Rory Burns and Ben Foakes impressed for Surrey against Gloucestershire at Bristol. Glamorgan had advanced their overnight position from 68 for four to 161 without any...
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England’s Ben Foakes admits to nerves ahead of India Test return

Ben Foakes admitted he was nervous ahead of the Test series in India and that he had adapt to Indian conditions in the middle of the series. The Surrey wicketkeeper was recalled to the squad after the opening match, with Jos Buttler taking a scheduled rest break from the touring bubble.
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Ben Foakes is the right wicketkeeper for England - at the wrong time

In the 1930s, England plumped for Les Ames, who had a Test average of 40, as wicketkeeper. Others could bring more with the gloves, but no one could bring as much as a package. “At the time he was playing, it used to be said there were better wicket-keepers than Ames, and that he was in the England team because of his batting,” Wisden noted in Ames’s obituary.
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India vs England: Ahmedabad pitch will be ‘pretty similar’ for fourth Test, warns Ben Foakes

After being beaten in less than two days by India to go 2-1 down in the series, England say they will be better prepared for this game. England are expecting another extreme pitch for the fourth and final Test against India at Ahmedabad this week but Ben Foakes says Joe Root’s men believe they can master the spinning conditions and pull off an “awesome” series draw.
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Ben Foakes focuses on squaring the series with England

Ben Foakes insists England can still emerge from the wreckage in India with a 2-2 draw. The beleaguered tourists have been routed by India’s rampant spinners for scores of 134, 164, 112 and 81 on turning tracks since winning the opening match. On Thursday Joe Root’s side face the unenviable...
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Ben Foakes is keen to enjoy the ride despite his last Test for the foreseeable future on the horizon following impressive performances against India

Ben Foakes insists he will not think of the 'bigger picture' when he plays probably his last Test for the foreseeable future, however well he fares against India. Foakes has been outstanding with the gloves in two Tests in the most difficult conditions in Chennai and Ahmedabad, since beginning his spell as stand-in for Jos Buttler that is destined to end as soon as this week's fourth Test is completed.
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Ben Foakes and the revived art of wicketkeeping

“What Ben was doing was poetry in motion – it was the difference between a mechanical keeper and a natural keeper, I just loved every second of it,” says Jack Russell, an artist in every sense of the word. Instead, he’ll be all too aware that he needs to combine his magic with the gloves with scoring heavily to ensure that if Jos Buttler returns, it’s as a batsman alone.The former England wicketkeeper grew up watching the likes of Bob Taylor and Alan Knott behind the stumps for county and country and would marvel at their dexterity and poise. Now...
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Matt Prior insists Ben Foakes is grabbing his chance with both hands after lighting up England's second Test defeat by India and tells Jos Buttler he faces a fight to hang on to the gloves

It is perhaps a surprise to hear Matt Prior praising the second string to Ben Foakes' bow when asked about the extraordinary wicketkeeping that illuminated the second Test. 'Everybody talks about Ben as a pure keeper but I worry that does him a disservice because he's a really accomplished batsman too,' said Prior, who had an outstanding Test himself in the talkSPORT commentary box.
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Ben Foakes stands up to give keepers' union something to shout about

God grant England’s batsmen the confidence of the man who wrote the MCC’s Cricket Coaching Book. “It can therefore be laid down as an absolute principle in team selection,” he notes, “that the best wicketkeeper, irrespective of all other considerations, must always be chosen …” That was written in 1952, and, though you would never have guessed it from the tone, the idea was open to debate even then.
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India lead grows but Ben Foakes helps England spinners hit back

England took five wickets in the morning session on day three, but India continued adding to what should be a match-winning lead in Chennai. The match continued to rip along at a rapid rate on a pitch that has generated plenty of debate but with the hosts 351 ahead at 156 for six, an England side that was bowled out for 134 in their first attempt know they could already be heading for a series-levelling defeat.