English wicket-keeper-batsman Ben Foakes said on Sunday that Jos Buttler is one of the best in the world, and it was a privilege to see him work up close. India and England play four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first two matches of the 4-game series will be played in Chennai, before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test. Buttler would return home after the first Test against India, and then Foakes is expected to play the last three Tests as a specialist goalkeeper.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in subcontinental conditions, I played in Sri Lanka a few years ago. I feel like I know the challenges that await us. Jos Buttler is one of the best out there, it has been “A privilege to see how he did his business. I think in a specialist position as a goalkeeper you have to work together a bit and learn and pass on your experiences to help each other. You want everyone to do well and succeed for England” Foakes said at a virtual press conference on Sunday.
“It has an unusual position, I thought it was ten days since Jos was going back after the first test, I thought earlier that I was in line to play the last two tests, but it was all about getting my head around the tried to get training, so yes, possibly another test. The point is to prepare as best I can, “he added.
Foakes last played a Test in 2019 against the West Indies, but he was part of the squad as a backup goalkeeper. England have preferred to play Buttler as the first-choice wicket-keeper to stay out late, in the longest format of the game.
“Even though I didn’t play, I enjoyed it. It was great, of course not playing is not ideal. Jos was great, he is a world class player. Wicketkeeping is one of those jobs where you need to be. Your guard at all times “You never know what will happen in the end times. It’s not the most fun place to be as a backup keeper, but you should expect something to happen at all times,” said Foakes.
“All the emotions, there’s a lot of guts and expectation, playing in India would be fantastic, it’s a fantastic place to play some cricket. They are so passionate about the game here, it would be great to have a chance here. really looking forward to it I think I’m looking at how to do it right and I’m not thinking about anything outside of performing I haven’t had as much cricket as I would have liked in the last year and a half I think it’s time to return to competitive cricket, ”he added.
When asked if a side should compromise on wicket-keeping skills by playing a better batsman, Foakes replied, “I think you need a combination of both, it’s clear you can’t have someone who can’t keep the gloves or makes a lot of mistakes. no matter how good a goalkeeper is, they have to contribute with the bat. I think it depends on a few things, it also depends on the balance of the side. “
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all members are under quarantine. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns arrived earlier as the trio did not play the Test series against Sri Lanka.
The first test between England and India starts on February 5 in Chennai.
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