West Indies vs England: Ben Foakes has changed visitors' dynamics but deserves to play, says Alastair Cook

Ben Foakes replaced injured wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for the first two Tests in Sri Lanka last November and scored a century on debut.

Reuters, Jan 22, 2019 14:05:42 IST

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has changed the dynamic of the England Test team and they have to get the balance right ahead of their three-match series against the Windies, former captain Alastair Cook said.

Foakes replaced injured wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow for the first two Tests in Sri Lanka last November and scored a century on debut.

West Indies vs England: Ben Foakes has changed visitors dynamics but deserves to play, says Alastair Cook

File picture of Ben Foakes. Reuters

The 25-year-old, who scored 277 runs in the three-Test series, continued to keep wicket after Bairstow returned from an ankle issue in the third Test.

“Foakes definitely deserves to play so it becomes a balancing act to get the team right,” Cook, who retired last year as England’s leading run-scorer in Tests, told the BBC.

“It’s very hard to get the right amount of specialist batting now.”

Bairstow, who scored a century in the Third test, is likely to continue playing as a specialist batsman, meaning skipper Joe Root does not have the option of picking six bowlers.

“That balance of four seamers and two spinners covers all bases in the Windies because if the pitch turns, you’ll be fine,” Cook added.

“But Foakes coming and scoring that hundred has changed the dynamic of the side.”

England face Windies in the first of three Tests in Barbados on Wednesday.

Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 14:05:42 IST






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