English wicket-keeper Ben Foakes, who is about to don the big gloves in the second Test against India, thinks the fresh Chepauk course will remain low and may offer a turn sooner compared to the series opener at the same venue . England won the first Test with 227 runs, but it wasn’t until the fourth day that the red-earth Chepauk field started to take a sharp turn. However, with India down 0-1 in the four-game streak, the hosts are eager to play to their strengths in the coming games. Asked what the field looked like, Foakes said on Thursday: “It’s different from the previous one. It’s a different bottom and a darker bottom. I think it’s pretty low and slow. But I don’t have much experience with wickets. are my guess. “
The 27-year-old, who has played five Tests and been a substitute for Jos Buttler, spoke with reporters during a virtual interaction. To a PTI question whether the field would turn earlier than usual, he replied, “I found it rather difficult to read the wicket. I found it clear in India that (gymnasts) are a path they would like to take.
The last wicket probably played pretty well for about two and a half days, maybe a little longer. I think there is a possibility that it would play earlier (on this track). I wouldn’t want to look too far ahead with that and look just what is given on the day and try to play accordingly, ” said the man, who played the last of his five tests, in 2019.
For Foakes, the tips he’s gotten from his peers could come in handy when he’s up against seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who’s been in good shape. The second test will be played from February 13-17.
“I think I just talked to the guys who played the last game and picked up points and tips and saw everything that is useful and try to adapt to my game. Play within my limits.”
Foakes said there will always be doubts after a long hiatus, but he fully understands that “Jos has been excellent”.
Will it be a problem to keep up with off-spinner Dom Bess?
“I guess I probably didn’t keep him too much. Probably I kept him in a Lions game. I get a lot of time to keep him in the nets and get a lot of time. I have quite a bit here and in Sri Lanka. So I have all my bases covered.
“Without not playing much cricket, you will have that slight doubt, since you haven’t been tested for a while. Hopefully I’m back on track.”
He hasn’t had any arguments with Buttler, but has picked up signals from watching him play.
“Not really, he was sent away as early as possible so that he could possibly spend more time with his family. I just looked at his great work and tried to get tips from it.”
Foakes said he hasn’t been able to play much lately, means he should improve his DRS skills and work on it.
“I think turning wicketkeeper into the game comes with such a good view. One of those things I haven’t done too much. I think I did well in Sri Lanka (in 2018).
“I haven’t really experienced any of those things and you try in the nets and watch while you sit back and gain more experience,” he concluded.
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