It is rare to have an actual wicketkeeper with traditional skills these days when teams prefer batsmen who can ‘keep’.
Ben Fox, however, is different. He is a real wicketkeeper, who makes spinners on rotating pitches.
And he can also bat. Faucus scored a Test century against Sri Lanka in 2018 and was not out. He averaged over 40 in six Tests and played an unbeaten 42-run knock and a brilliant innings of footwork in his first innings here. If the ongoing Tests are any evidence, 28-year-old Fox is arguably the best ‘keeper’ in contemporary cricket. You can see this by standing with the quality of their gathering and their technique; He stays short, rises with the ball, puts his weight on the balls of his feet, is balanced as he gathers spinning, bounces deliveries and has the fastest hands in the Wild West.
On this vicious Chennai pitch the ball twisted and bounced, yet Fox never lost his footing and gathered in a smooth, making subtle adjustments. And what awareness does he have!
Rohit Sharma was beaten by a flight, turn and bounce by left-arm spinner Jack Leach, and Foix rang the bell in a flash to win the marginal stumping.
Then, Rishabh Pant was hammered by a leach delivery that fell to him before going through the inside edge, closing the bell in light-time, collecting the ball on the throw, blinds, and leg-side. .
The stumping was high on difficulty, but the fakes made it simple.
He had earlier tied up with Oli Pope who threw to short leg for a throw to get Cheteshwar Pujara out.
Despite some flaws – one of which proved to be Ashwin’s expensive – ‘quality of keeping was high.
Foakes are the real deal!