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Cricket Australia XI v England, tour match, 1st day, Townsville

Woakes limbers up for Gabba with six-for

Nov 15, 2017: Chris Woakes' second spell of the day yielded four wickets for 15 runs, and his six-for took his wickets tally in two first-class matches on the tour to 12

George Dobell in Townsville

The Ashes 2017-18

Understated Foakes a world-class understudy

Oct 29, 2017: Ben Foakes has been described as "the best wicketkeeper in the world" but will travel to Australia as Jonny Bairstow's deputy

Alan Gardner

The Ashes 2017-18

How would you replace Ben Stokes?

Sep 30, 2017: Ben Stokes is currently part of the Ashes squad, but England will have to start making plans for him not being there. That is easier said than done for a world-class allrounder

Andrew McGlashan

The Ashes 2017-18

Vince recalled, Stokes included in Ashes squad

Sep 27, 2017: James Vince and Gary Ballance have been recalled as part of England's 16-man Ashes party, which also includes Ben Stokes

Andrew McGlashan

Royal London Cup final, Lord's

Surrey's third final could be the toughest of all

Jun 30, 2017: Surrey enter their third successive Royal London Cup final knowing that they have lost the last two and this time, in Nottinghamshire, face the most formidable opponents yet

David Hopps

England Lions v South Africa A, Canterbury, 2nd day

Late collapse undermines Markram, Kuhn stand

Jun 22, 2017: England Lions stunned South Africa A with a late burst of six wickets in 16 overs to capitalise on a superb unbeaten century by Ben Foakes on a fluctuating second day of the first-class match in Canterbury.

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England Lions v South Africa A, Canterbury, 1st day

Jennings makes opener's case as Hameed misses out

Jun 21, 2017: Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings made their respective cases to partner Alastair Cook in the upcoming Test series against South Africa, but Haseeb Hameed went run-less

Firdose Moonda at Canterbury

Surrey v Middlesex, Royal London Cup, South Group, Kia Oval

Foakes' hot streak ensures Surrey bragging rights

May 5, 2017: Ben Foakes followed up a List A career-best with a match-winning partnership with Rory Burns as Surrey silenced their metropolitan rivals London

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Surrey v Essex, RL Cup, Kia Oval

Harmer holds nerve to seal one-wicket win

May 2, 2017: Tailender Simon Harmer hit an unbeaten 44 including the winning boundary to steer Essex to a thrilling one-wicket win over Surrey in a low-scoring Royal London Cup clash at the Kia Oval

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County news

Foakes is 'best wicketkeeper in world' - Stewart

Apr 4, 2017: Ben Foakes is the "best wicketkeeper in the world", according to his director of cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart

Andrew Miller at Kia Oval

Afghanistan v England Lions, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

Lions finish strongly after Rashid stars for Afghanistan

Dec 9, 2016: Ben Foakes passed another searching examination from Afghanistan's exciting legspin talent, Rashid Khan, to set up a fascinating fourth-day finish in Abu Dhabi

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Afghanistan v England Lions, Abu Dhabi, 1st day

Westley and Foakes revive England Lions

Dec 7, 2016: Tom Westley and Ben Foakes relished an absorbing contest with Afghanistan's spinners on a hard-fought first day of England Lions' first-class match in Abu Dhabi

ECB Reporters Network

Specsavers Championship

ESPNcricinfo County Championship XI

Sep 24, 2016: Let the debate begin. Do you agree with the final XI selected by ESPNcricinfo's county writers?

Andrew McGlashan

Can Foakes solve bat v gloves debate?

Sep 4, 2016: Andy Flower and Alec Stewart are among those who believe Ben Foakes is an England wicketkeeper in waiting

Tim Wigmore

Yorkshire v Surrey, Royal London Cup, Semi-final, Headingley

Davies and Meaker star as Surrey go back to Lord's

Aug 28, 2016: Surrey, finishing the season with a swagger, put Yorkshire in their place on their own Headingley midden by a 19-run margin

David Hopps at Headingley

Middlesex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 3rd day

Sam Curran highlights his all-round talent

Aug 6, 2016: As the evening shadows lengthened at Lord's, so ended a riveting day's cricket. It had contained eleven wickets, and dramatic collapses from both sides, yet was ultimately defined by a partnership that occupied almost half the day

Tim Wigmore at Lord's

Middlesex v Surrey, Royal London Cup, South Group, Lord's

Foakes stars as Surrey knock out Middlesex

Aug 2, 2016: Surrey held their nerve at drizzly, floodlit Lord's to beat Middlesex by five wickets with four balls to spare in a rain-shortened match and grab the last place on offer in the Royal London Cup quarter-finals

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Hampshire v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Ageas Bowl, 2nd day

Have Batty and Foakes turned Surrey's season?

Jul 18, 2016: Gareth Batty's first Championship hundred for Surrey plus another by Ben Foakes, a wicketkeeper who England have half an eye on, ensured another tough day for bottom-of-the-table Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl

Vithushan Ehantharajah

Surrey v Sussex, Royal London Cup, South Group, Guildford

Burns and Foakes get Surrey's campaign up and running

Jun 14, 2016: Last year's beaten finalists Surrey are up and running in the Royal London Cup after easing to a six-wicket victory over Sussex Sharks at Guildford

ECB Reporters Network

England news

Bairstow's keeping role will be debated - Bayliss

Jun 14, 2016: The England coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted England's wicketkeeping position remains a debating point for the selectors ahead of the Test series against Pakistan

George Dobell
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