Ben Foakes Feels Chennai Pitch Will Start Turning From Day 1
By CricShots - Feb 11, 2021 11:48 pm
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England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes reckons that in the second Test against India, feels the fresh Chepauk track will keep low and might start offering turn from the first day which wasn’t the compared to the series opener at the same venue. England won the first Test by 227 runs but the red-soil Chepauk pitch started offering a sharp turn on Day 4.

Ben Foakes

Asked how did the pitch look, Ben Foakes said on Thursday, “It’s different to the last one. It’s a different soil and darker soil. I think it might be quite low and slow. But I haven’t had a lot of experience with wickets but that would be my guess.”

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The 27-year-old, who has played five Test matches and has been an understudy to Jos Buttler, spoke to reporters during a virtual interaction. For him, the pointers he has received from the England teammates for his colleagues could come in handy while facing seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been in good form. The second Test will be played from February 13-17.

Ben Foakes

Elaborating the same, Ben Foakes said, “I think just been talking to the guys who played the last game and pick up points and tips and see anything that’s helpful and trying to adapt to that to my game. I get a lot of time to keep him in the nets and I get a lot of time. I have kept fair bit here and Sri Lanka. So I have all my bases covered.”

He further added, “Without playing not much cricket, you are going to have that slight doubt since you have not been tested in a while. Not really, he was shipped off as early as he can so that he could possibly spend more time with family. Purely watching how great a job he did, I was trying to pick up tips from that.”

Ben Foakes was also of the opinion said not getting to play a lot in recent times means he would have to improve and work on his DRS skills. 

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Foakes said, “I think on turning wicket-keeper comes into the game with such a good view. One of those things I haven’t done too much. I think I did alright in Sri Lanka (in 2018). One of those things I am not quite experienced and you try in the nets and have a look while standing back and get more experienced.”