Ben Foakes

Foakes called up to England ODI squad in place of injured Billings

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Ben Foakes could be in line for his limited-over debuts for England's one-off one-day international against Ireland and the Twenty20 International versus Pakistan that follows.

Foakes replaces fellow wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings, who dislocated his shoulder in the field during his Kent side's 50-over clash against Glamorgan in Cardiff. ODI regulars who are more than capable of keeping wicket, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, have been rested for both fixtures. 

Billings dislocated his shoulder in the field for Kent
Billings dislocated his shoulder in the field for Kent

Whilst Billings was left out of England's provisional ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 squad, his injury means that should one of Buttler or Bairstow become unavailable during the tournament, Foakes would be the likely replacement.

England play Ireland in Malahide on Friday, 3 May, before turning their attention to a one-off T20I and five-match ODI series against Pakistan ahead of the World Cup.

Foakes made his Test debut for England in Sri Lanka late last year, and impressed with a century. His recent 50-over form in domestic cricket has been decent – the 26-year-old has scored 64, 82 and 71 in his last three outings for Surrey.

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