#sports Ben Foakes hails 'very, very special' hundred after helping England take control of the second Test

#sports Ben Foakes hails ‘very, very special’ hundred after helping England take control of the second Test

#sports activities Ben Foakes hails ‘very, very particular’ hundred after helping England take control of the second Test

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‘I’m overjoyed. It was very, very particular’: Ben Foakes relieved to attain his first century in 4 years and assist England take control of the second Test towards South Africa

  • Foakes and Ben Stokes scored centuries as England took control of second Test 
  • England wicketkeeper completed unbeaten on 113 in an enormous whole of 415-9 declared
  • The vacationers then completed the second day on 23 with out loss, nonetheless 241 adrift

Ben Foakes spoke of his delight after he and Ben Stokes each scored centuries as England took control of the second LV=Insurance Test towards South Africa in Manchester.

The England wicketkeeper completed unbeaten on 113, whereas Stokes made 103 in an enormous whole of 415 for 9 declared. The vacationers then completed the second day on 23 with out loss, nonetheless 241 adrift.

Foakes had waited almost 4 years to attain his second Test century after beginning his profession with a hundred in Sri Lanka. And that made his innings right here all the sweeter towards a strong South African assault.

England's Ben Foakes finished unbeaten on 113 in a huge total of 415 for nine declared

England’s Ben Foakes completed unbeaten on 113 in an enormous whole of 415 for 9 declared

‘It was tough out there,’ he stated. ‘It was just a sense of relief. I’m overjoyed, actually. Since my first recreation, I’ve discovered a whole lot aren’t simple to come back by in Test cricket, so this one for me is very, very particular.

‘Since my debut, a lot’s gone on, with tough phases and accidents and time on the sidelines. That makes you admire and worth the alternative to get one other one. Today was wonderful.’

England had stumbled barely to 147 for 5 in reply to South Africa’s first-innings 151 when Foakes joined his captain – and proceeded so as to add a match-changing 173 in 64 overs, a partnership that grew in assurance after a tricky begin towards South Africa’s spinners.

‘I was facing Maharaj a lot, and he was facing Harmer a lot, so it was really hard to get away. Ben was quite clear. He said that we can absorb pressure as well – this is a difficult phase. Let’s rating the place we are able to and be busy, however don’t do something silly.

The England wicketkeeper had waited nearly four years to score his second Test century

The England wicketkeeper had waited almost 4 years to attain his second Test century

‘Then he raced away from 50 to 100, which put it back on them and let me bat. It was awesome.’

Foakes admitted he had spoken to his Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope and coach Brendon McCullum after failing twice with the bat throughout England’s innings defeat at Lord’s.

He added: ‘I looked at Rooty’s recreation as properly. I’m not like Jonny Bairstow or Stokesy, who can muscle it over the boundary. I’ve to do it my manner and never suppose I can hit it into Row Z. I’ve to scrap for twos and hit it into pockets.

‘To be honest, in my first 10 games I was thinking: “Jeez, how hard is Test cricket?” But getting a hundred definitely gives me confidence going forward.’

Foakes and Ben Stokes shared a match-changing sixth wicket partnership of 173 in 64 overs

Foakes and Ben Stokesshared a match-changing sixth wicket partnership of 173 in 64 overs

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