Ben Foakes withdraws from New Zealand Test due to injury

Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes, the England wicketkeeper, has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after tearing his left hamstring. he’s expected to be out of action for the subsequent three weeks, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced during a release on Wednesday (May 26).

Foakes sustained the injury on Sunday after slipping on socks while walking within the room following Surrey’s County Championship match against Middlesex at the Oval. He is going to be assessed by the Surrey medical team, who will work on his rehabilitation.

Foakes, who was the front-runner to require up the wicketkeeping duties within the first Test, was set to play his first Test reception. He has featured in 8 Tests thus far, impressing in tough conditions with both bats and behind the stumps.

Uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has been called in as a replacement to the England squad. However, James Bracey, who was already a neighborhood of the squad, is predicted to form it to the England XI because of the ‘keeper.

Meanwhile, Haseeb Hameed also returns to the England Test side, having last played in November 2016. Hameed has been in impressive form during the 2021 county season, scoring 474 runs at a mean of 52.66. He will join the England squad on Sunday following Nottinghamshire’s County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, starting on Thursday.

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