Ben Stokes: England’s Test captain Ben Stokes has called Ben Fox the best wicketkeeper in the world. Let us tell you that during the first Test at Lord’s, the 29-year-old took some excellent catches and then batted patiently to guide the hosts to a five-wicket victory over Kane Williamson-led New Zealand.
Stokes’ big statement
Fox’s stay at the crease in the opening session of the fourth day of the Test was crucial as England lost five wickets on the third day and were still a few runs away from winning. The wicketkeeper-batsman forged a winning partnership with Joe Root (115 not out). Stokes backed Fox before the second Test in Nottingham from June 10, saying, “We are not in a position to select world class players at this point of time because Ben Fox is the best wicketkeeper in the world.”
Amazing performance in the first test
Stokes was quoted by the Mirror as saying, ‘This is not just my own opinion, it is the opinion of many people. Batting at 7 and that is different from the role he played for Surrey as he bats up the order there. Stokes said, ‘Having a wicketkeeper like Ben Fox behind the stumps gives me a lot of confidence and it gives a lot of confidence to the bowlers.’
will get better and focus
The England Test captain also expressed hope that Fox would get better with time. Stokes said, ‘The more confidence he gets, the better he will get. Like I said, he is the best keeper in the world and it’s great to see him behind the stumps.
Fox’s return to the Test team came from Jos Buttler’s bad Ashes series. Buttler was ruled out of the three-Test Caribbean tour after a 0-4 loss to England in Australia, and Fox partnered with Root in the Lord’s Test, where the two shared an unbeaten 120-run stand.