Watch: Ben Foakes presented another exhibit of his exceptional wicketkeeping skills with the no-look stumping of Jack Haynes during the ongoing England versus England Lions fixture in Abu Dhabi.
Foakes had a role to play in England reaching 501-7 in the first innings, contributing with an unbeaten 62-ball 48 from No.7. He returned to keep wicket as the Lions’ middle order underwent a brief stutter following a 179-run opening stand.
Off the first ball of the 68th over, Foakes conjured a piece of athletic brilliance. Standing up to off-spinner Will Jacks, Foakes was quick to respond to a ball straying way down the leg side. Haynes, the batter, followed it, straying out of his crease. Foakes fell to his knees as he completed the take: yet, with one astonishingly swift move, managed a backhanded flick at the stumps. The ball, remarkably, hit the stumps, finding Haynes short of his crease.
It’s the latest addition to Foakes’ long list of behind-the-stumps highlights, which have rightly led to his reputation as one of the finest wicketkeepers in the world. Foakes is part of the England squad that will play three Tests in Pakistan starting December 1.
Watch the Foakes stumping here:
Ben Foakes: Good wicketkeeper 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jyxhZCHXaa
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