Foakes cool over England place
Ben Foakes says he will stay focused on his own game and not worry about the competition to be England's Test wicketkeeper.
Foakes currently occupies the gloves ahead of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler after stepping into the side and impressing during the recent Test series win over Sri Lanka.
Foakes has also impressed with the bat, and the 25-year-old says he will continue to do his best in the hope it will be enough to keep his place in the side.
“My personality is such that I generally don't look at other people,” Foakes said. “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.”
England have never had it so good as far as Test-class wicketkeeper/batsmen are concerned and Foakes says that can only be a good thing for the future.
“There are a few of us around and there is a bit of competition for places but that is fine,” he said. “You just try and be the best version that you can be of yourself.”
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.