Am Foakes OFF for three months – including the England with New Zealand series – after a freak accident

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Ben Foakes OFF for three months – including the English test series with New Zealand – after a freak accident in the dressing room of The Oval … while Chris Silverwood summons Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings

  • Foakes tore his hamstring after slipping in The Oval’s locker room over the weekend
  • Surrey wicket-keeper-batsman will miss the English test series with New Zealand
  • Foakes will initially be on the sidelines for three months in the blow of his summer
  • He would play his first home test at Lord’s in place of the equipped Jos Buttler
  • Zak Crawley slipped and injured his wrist in Chennai in February
  • Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings have been included in the England squad

England lost their second player this year to the same freak injury on Wednesday when Ben Foakes was ruled out for three months with a torn left hamstring.

Just as Zak Crawley took himself out of the first test against India last winter when he slipped on a locker room floor in Chennai, Foakes himself fell into a trap.

The goalkeeper-batsman, excellent in three Tests in India instead of the equipped Jos Buttler, slipped and hurt himself badly while walking through the Oval dressing room in his socks after Surrey’s drawn championship game against Middlesex on Sunday.

Ben Foakes will miss the English test series with New Zealand next month after a freak accident in which he slipped in The Oval’s locker room and tore his hamstring.

It is a huge blow to the wicket-keeper-batsman, who would play for England in the Test series against New Zealand next month.

It is a huge blow to the wicket-keeper-batsman, who would play for England in the Test series against New Zealand next month.

It’s a brutal blow to 28-year-old Foakes, who was set to play his first home test next week at Lord’s against New Zealand and got the chance to finally settle down on the red ball side in the IPL-inspired absence of both Buttler and Jonny Bairstow.

Now, with no Foakes for both the Lord’s Test next Wednesday and the second at Edgbaston to follow soon, England will debut Gloucestershire’s James Bracey, who was mainly selected to cover up the English batsmen.

Bracey, 24, made a good impression on head coach and new roster supremo Chris Silverwood as a squad player last summer and winter and will now follow in the footsteps of Jack Russell to become a Gloucestershire goalkeeper batsman for England.

The left-handed is considered by England to be a top three Test batsman in the making, but is a more than capable glove man and will almost certainly hit seven at Lord’s.

Foakes would replace the equipped Jos Buttler (pictured) for the New Zealand series

Foakes would replace the equipped Jos Buttler (pictured) for the New Zealand series

Foakes bats for Surrey during their County Championship game against Hampshire

Foakes bats for Surrey during their County Championship game against Hampshire

Silverwood could have gone back to one of Buttler of Bairstow’s established duos, but has kept its promise to leave out most of those players who had to spend a 10-day spell in quarantine on their return from the truncated IPL .

The exception to this is the limitless Sam Billings who was called up yesterday to cover up Bracey after making a quick return for Kent against Glamorgan on his own return from India last week.

Billings, who played in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, is considered by Silverwood to be more match ready and has experience in white ball cricket with England.

Yesterday, there was also a call-up for Haseeb Hameed, who will join England on Sunday after Nottinghamshire’s Championship game against Warwickshire in Edgbaston to cover the top six.

Nottinghamshire batsman Haseeb Hameed has been called up to the England squad

Nottinghamshire batsman Haseeb Hameed has been called up to the England squad

Sam Billings has also been added to the English Test squad to play against New Zealand next month

Sam Billings has also been added to the English Test squad to play against New Zealand next month

It caps off a heartwarming comeback for Hameed, who looked like he would be a fixture at the top of the English order when he took to Test cricket like a duck in the water on the 2016-17 tour of India.

But a badly broken finger that curtailed Hamed’s involvement in that series led to a rapid decline in his form and fortune that culminated in doubt about his prime future after he was released by his native Lancashire.

Hameed, 24, has rebuilt his career under the tutelage of Peter Moores at Trent Bridge and has been in excellent form this season, scoring 474 runs against an average of 52.66 in Notts’ rise to the top of Group 1 in the conference championship. this year.

He may not be playing against New Zealand, but his call now is irrefutable proof that Hameed will contribute to those three tests against India in which he showed such rich promise.

Foakes made a memorable debut century for England against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2018

Foakes made a memorable debut century for England against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2018

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