Foakes earns Test recall through hard graft

Published: 11th February, 2020

England wicket keeper Ben Foakes has spoken of the hard work it has taken to earn his place back in the Test squad.

Foakes last played for England’s red-ball side in January 2019 and after another year in county cricket, has now been recalled to the international setup for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

The 26-year-old was a shining light on the last trip to Sri Lanka – claiming the Man of the Match award in the first of three Test victories thanks to his century on debut in Galle.

Speaking after hearing the news, Foakes said: “It was an amazing phone call to have. I’m just over the moon to be back with England again and I can’t wait to get out there.

“It’s quite difficult and one of the major challenges I’ve found. When there are England games going on you’re not too sure if you’re next in, that sort of thing. I did struggle quite a lot with it.

“Going forward, if it’s something that’s going to happen to me again, it’s just staying focused on the game, the day, the ball that I’m involved it at the time.”

“There have been four or five Test squads since I last played and having not been involved in those you don’t expect to be picked. With the fact I went to Sri Lanka last time and it going well, I hoped that it might happen but to actually know is a great feeling.”

“I don’t know my role or whether I’ll play out there but outside of cricket, it’s a great place to be and I love being out there so I’m just really excited to get involved again.”

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