England wicketkeeper Foakes 'not stressing' as Bairstow return looms
England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes is not "stressing" over the impact Jonny Bairstow's prospective return could have on his place in Ben Stokes' set-up.
Foakes missed two of England's three Test victories in Pakistan in December, but he returned with a second-innings knock of 51 as the tourists won their opener in New Zealand last week.
While captain Stokes has repeatedly described Foakes as the world's best gloveman, Bairstow's return from the broken leg he suffered last September could put his place at risk.
With Harry Brook making scores of 89 and 54 against New Zealand, he looks unlikely to be the man to make way for Bairstow – who has won 49 of his 89 England caps as wicketkeeper.
While Foakes is aware of the debate concerning Bairstow's likely return later this year, he is shutting out the noise in a bid to maintain his own good form.
"Naturally you're going to think about things but at the stage I'm at, there's no point stressing over it," Foakes said.
"I'm having some good form in my career and I'm just trying to enjoy that, rather than stressing about what else might happen.
"My England journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster from day one and I've had a lot of times out of the team where I've thought, 'how do I get back in?'
"I guess thinking about those things doesn't help my game at all."
Ahead of the second Test in New Zealand starting on Thursday, England have won 10 of their 11 contests under captain Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, with their aggressive style being affectionately dubbed 'Bazball'.
While Foakes acknowledges he lacks the attacking range possessed by some of his team-mates, he feels there is still a place for his more considered approach.
"I don't think it's smart for me to go and try to be Ben Stokes or Harry Brook. I'm not, as you'd say, 'Bazball'," he added.
"I can't do what a lot of these guys do. If I did that from ball one I'd just get out, so it doesn't make sense for me to try.
"In bridging the gap between our explosive starts and then batting with the tail, I've got to bat a different way."