Essex Cricket Academy Graduate Impresses On England Test Debut


Essex Cricket Academy graduate Ben Foakes scored an impressive 87 not out on his England Test debut to lead England to 321-8 at the close of play on Day One.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was brought into the squad as a late replacement for Jonny Bairstow, who was injured during the one-day series.

His knock so far has come from 184 balls, with 6 fours to his name during 257 minutes at the crease.

Head Scout John Childs said: “Despite Ben moving on to Surrey, everyone at Essex Cricket still views him as a homegrown player and a product of our Academy structure.

“I speak for everyone at the Club when I say that we’re delighted for him and hopefully his fairy-tale debut is complete tomorrow with a century.”