By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Jan.31 (Reuters) – Ben Foakes believes he deserved a long run after his spectacular start in Sri Lanka, but has accepted his role as Jos Buttler’s understudy as England’s test wicket keeper .
Foakes smashed a century in his test debut in Galle and was deemed man of the series, but has only performed two more tests, both in the West Indies, since that intoxicating tour of Sri Lanka in late 2018.
With Buttler set to return home after the opening test against India, Foakes is expected to take on the role of goalkeeper in the final three games against Virat Kohli’s men.
“The way I started in Sri Lanka, I expected to play longer,” Foakes said on a video conference from Chennai, which hosts the opening test from Friday.
“I expected to get more points at this point. I guess it’s hard to control your emotions … with everything going on right now and then having to get it taken off because I haven’t had any runs in the West Indies. .
“I know the competition between goalies is so strong that there will be times when I don’t play. And that’s something I just have to accept and be at peace.”
Foakes described Buttler as a “world class player” and praised the “healthy competition” between England’s trio of wicket keepers, which also includes Jonny Bairstow.
“As a goalie you never know what’s going to happen… you always have to be on your toes, ready (for opportunities),” Foakes said.
“It’s not the funniest place to be a backup guard, but it’s one of those things that you always have to expect to happen.”
The Surrey player agreed as well as he could succeed in India, Buttler would take back the place behind the stumps as he became available.
“I would expect it to be the case. Jos is number one and I just see these three games as a chance to try to claim and do the best they can,” Foakes added.