Ashes 2023: “There Is No Debate That Ben Foakes Is A Better Keeper Than Jonny Bairstow” – Geoffrey Boycott

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"There Is No Debate That Ben Foakes Is A Better Keeper Than Jonny Bairstow"- Geoffrey Boycott


Geoffrey boycott, a former England cricketer, he believes that Jonny Bairstow’s lackluster performance behind the wickets in the first Ashes Test was caused by a lack of playing time. The former player also stated that the best glover in England is Ben Foakes.

England lost a few runs as a result of Bairstow missing a few receptions and a great chance behind the stumps. Due mainly to his explosive batting, the Yorkshire batsman took over from Ben Foakes from the first Test of the summer against Ireland.

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Boycott recently expressed his thoughts on the firings of Ben Foakes in a column for The Telegraph, arguing there was no certainty he could have achieved them. He urged that Jonny Bairstow, who was left out of Ashes, be included.

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Geoffrey Boycott’s argument seems to be based on the notion that Foakes’s performance was not extraordinary and that Bairstow, with his experience and track record, could have performed just as well.

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“There is no debate that Ben Foakes is a better goalkeeper than Jonny Bairstow. But no one can assume that Foakes would have taken the catches and affected stumps that Bairstow missed. Jonny’s wicketkeeping problem stems from a lack of cricket. he is rusty. Personally, he would have let him bat and hold wickets for Yorkshire in every match and picked him for the third test at Headingley because he needed competitive cricket after such a long and serious layoff from injury”. Geoffrey Boycott said.

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“England could play Mark Wood instead of the injured Moeen Ali” – Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott’s suggestion of playing Mark Wood before the ailing Moeen Ali in the second Test could be a good move. Mark Wood is a Test speed bowler with an exceptional track record. He has the ability to move the ball both ways at speed and shoot aggressively, which could prove crucial in the second Test against Australia. Additionally, Wood’s ability to bowl at high speeds can give much-needed pressure to Australian batsmen, particularly in the first overs.

“England don’t need to change much for the next Test. If Moeen’s finger is hurt, then play Mark Wood and let Joe Root spin. There’s usually something for Lord’s closers with the slope.” Geoffrey Boycott said.

The second Ashes test will take place between June 28 and July 2, with all five days starting at 11am BST / 8pm BST.