Ben Foakes insists England can still climb back up from the wreckage in India with a 2-2 draw. Plenty of cricket tips to see and cricket odds to play with at 12BBET! Only with the best gaming experience out there!
England have been routed by India’s rampant spinners for scores of 134, 164, 112 and 81 on turning tracks since winning the opening match.
On Thursday, Joe Root’s side face the unenviable challenge of returning to the scene of their two-day defeat in the day/night third Test for the final match of the series.
Wicketkeeper Foakes admits Chennai and Ahmedabad threw up conditions he’d never faced before, but says England’s top order are capable of knuckling down and putting runs on the board.
Foakes admitted – same with his captain, Root, did immediately after the match – that England were “thoroughly outplayed”. And, while the final match will feature a return to the red ball and daytime play, Foakes said the solution for England was relatively simple as they set out to level the series 2-2.
“Firstly not getting too down our ourselves after the last couple of innings,” he said. “Trying to keep a positive, clear mindset because when you’re struggling your judgement can get clouded and things can go badly. It’s about trying to keep a clear mind, stick to the gameplans and be slightly more positive at times if the situation dictates, but trying to come up with a gameplan that potentially works on that surface now we’ve had experience of what it was like in the last game.
“We’re still in a position to draw in India… we are in with a chance of a pretty awesome achievement if we win this last one. It’s going to be difficult knowing the kind of surface we’re going to play on but we have just got to be better than we were in the last game.”
“From playing on the last two pitches I’ve never seen turn like that. They almost feel like day five pitches from ball one,” Foakes said.
“It’s understanding we are going to get out at times and it’s making peace with a certain way of getting out if it means we can score runs.
“We just have to grind out and try to put runs on the board. It’s not an easy thing to do obviously but I guess be solid and understand our game plan, and if we get out we get out.
“We’ve been completely outplayed the last two games but we’re still in a position to draw in India and we can put a good performance in and get a 2-2 draw, that would be a really good achievement out here. That’s purely the focus, trying to get that 2-2.”
Foakes’ displays behind the stumps have been one of the few bright spots in England’s back-to-back defeats.
The Surrey gloveman’s performances have thrust the England wicketkeeping position back into the spotlight after Jos Buttler returned to the UK following the first Test.
But Foakes insists he is not thinking of permanently displacing Buttler.
“No. Going into the tour it’s obvious Jos is going away for a rest to spend some time with his family for a bit,” he added.
“The way I’ve mentally approached the games is it’s three more opportunities to play for England and I’ll try and do as well as I can.
“If anything does come of it that’s amazing but I’m just trying not to look too far ahead and just enjoy the moment.”