England wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes admitted to emotion frustrated while sitting out for 2 years, although being the Man of the Series on his appearance tour. He is now set to replace Jos Buttler in the 2nd Test against India as the latter has come home to spend time with his family.
After emerging as the greatest run-getter in the 3-Test series against Sri Lanka in 2018, Ben Foakes played just a few more rubbers before dropping his place to the current Buttler. Although, Ben Foakes sounded content with the condition and lauded the senior pro for turning variable performances.
“Yeah, of course, you want to play, and it has been frustrating. But Jos has done such an amazing job over those two years. So it’s one of those situations where it’s very understandable. It’s just trying to prepare for if and when there is an opportunity which obviously there isn’t,” Ben Foakes said during a virtual media interaction on Thursday (February 11).
Ben Foakes latest match played red-ball cricket for England against the West Indies in January 2019. He is now excited to make the most of the possibility in the next Test, which starts on February 13 in Chennai.
"I think every competitor wants to play. So, when you go a long period without, it is a challenge. But luckily I get an opportunity now."
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) February 11, 2021
“Yeah, it’s been a while since my last one [Test]. So yeah, been around the group a bit, have felt involved, but not played for a while. So yeah, a bit of excitement going around at the moment…I’d love to [make an impact], obviously. But I haven’t played for a while, I am just trying to do everything I can to help myself get into a good position to do well, and hopefully, I’d be able to contribute,” Ben Foakes said.
While the 27-year-old will play Test cricket following over 2 years, the arrival of Jonny Bairstow after the 2nd Test might drive Foakes down the pecking order again.