Newcomer Ben Foakes happy to wait in the wings for his England chance | Vic Marks

Alec Stewart has suggested his wicketkeeper is the best in the world but the Surrey stumper is not expecting to replace Jonny Bairstow on the Ashes tour

Sometimes on tour the second wicketkeeper is as peripheral as the second gravedigger in Hamlet. That may be one reason why Ben Foakes got the summons; it made sense to allow Jos Buttler to remain fresh for the one-dayers rather than traipsing around Australia delivering drinks and encouragement to his colleagues, which can be a sapping process, especially for a senior player.

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