Great shame that Read and Foster were around at the wrong time, when batting has been considered the more important of the keepers skills. Russell was right at the end of The keeper is a keeper and nothing else era. He was a horrible batsman! I saw him make a century at Lord’s… Hell it was ugly! Foster was better imv but it was too late for him. Read a laughing stock after his ducking a yorker incident, also at Lord’s.
Foakes does indeed look a pretty complete player on the evidence of one match, we’ll see!