Ben Foakes Biography, Age, Height, Parents, Wife, Cricket & Facts

Ben Foakes Parents & Background:

English wicket-keeper batter, Ben Foakes ,was born on February 15, 1993, in Essex, England. His late father, Peter Foakes, was a referee in the Premier League and Football League. The former referee died of a heart attack in 2006 at the age of 60

Ben Foakes’ parents

His mother, Fiona Foakes, is a teacher and a mentor at Essex County Cricket Club.

Matt Foakes with his wife

He has a three-year-old elder brother Matthew Foakes. Matthew is also a cricketer and has played for clubs like Bowdon and Frinton-on-Sea.

Ben Foakes Biography:

Ben Foakes’ Profile:
Personal Life:
Full NameBenjamin Thomas Foakes
Date of BirthFebruary 15, 1993
Age28 years (in 2021)
Zodiac/Sun SignAquarius
Birth PlaceColchester, Essex, England
EducationTendring Technology College, Essex
Physical Stats:
Height (approx)6ft. 1”
(1.85 m)
(185 cm)
WeightNot known
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlue
Family & Relationships:
Peter Foakes
MotherFiona Foakes
SiblingsMatt Foakes (elder brother)
Marital StatusUnmarried
GirlfriendLynsey Wilson
Playing RoleWicket-keeper batsman
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling Style
Major TeamsEngland, England Under-19s, England Under-17s, England Lions, Essex, Surrey, Colts Cricket Club.
Test Debut
Sri Lanka vs England at Galle (November 6, 2018)
ODI Debut
Ireland vs England at Dublin (May 3, 2019)
T20I DebutEngland vs Pakistan at Cardiff (May 5, 2019)
First-Class DebutEssex vs Sri Lankans at Chelmsford (June 10, 2011)
List-A DebutVictoria vs England Lions at Melbourne (February 7, 2013)
T-20 DebutMiddlesex vs Essex at Lord’s (May 17, 2014)

Cricket Career of Foakes:

Foakes was only five years old when his dad introduced him to a cricket club named Frinton On Sea. There, he and his brother Matt started honing skills under Tony Subbs.

Interestingly, this club doesn’t allow children under the age of seven, but Ben somehow impressed the coach, and that’s how his cricket journey started.

Later, he made his under-13s debut for Essex in the year 2006. He then played different age-level cricket, including under-14s, under-15s, and under-17s, for the same team.


A year after he played under-17s for Essex, he played his first under-19 match for England in 2011. The same year, he made his first-class debut against Sri Lankans. He made five runs in the first inning but couldn’t bat in the second innings because the match got drawn already.

Then, in 2013, he played his first List A match for England Lions against Victoria. He got out for a duck in the game as Peter Handscomb caught him behind the stumps.


The following year he made his T20 debut against Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast. After playing all the formats for Essex, he moved to Surrey in 2015 and continued his domestic career.

International Cricket Career:

On May 03, 2019, Ben Foakes started his international career for England by playing an ODI match against Ireland. He scored not out 61 runs in the match and helped his team win the game along with Tom Curran. He also took two catches behind the stumps and did a stumping too.

Two days later, he made his T20I debut with Ben Duckett and Jofra Archer against Pakistan on the Pakistan tour of England.


Then, in 2018, Foakes played his first Test against Sri Lanka. It indeed became his dream debut as he scored 107 runs in 202 balls. Also, he scored quick 37 runs in the second innings, which eventually helped England win the match.

Facts about Ben Foakes:

  • He has tattoed “18.09.06” on his left wrist in memory of his late father, who died on the date.
  • Even at the age of 15, Foakes’s quick glove-work behind the stumps would make it difficult for umpires to give any appropriate decision.
  • Ben Foakes is dating Lynsey Wilson.
Ben Foakes with his girlfriend
  • The English cricketer’s longtime girlfriend is a Head of a matchmaking agency named Vida Consultancy.
  • He is only the second English wicket-keeper who scored a century on a test debut.
  • In 2023, Ben Foakes was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

Frequently asked questions on Google:

Q1: What is the age of Foakes?

Ans: 31 years 3 months (in May, 2024)

Q2: What is the height of Ben Foakes?

Ans: 6ft. 1”  (1.85 m or 185 cm)

Q3: Who is the wife of Ben Foakes?

Ans: His girlfriend’s name is Lynsey Wilson.

Q4: Who is the brother of Ben Foakes?

Ans: Matt Foakes

Q5: What is the jersey number of Ben?

Ans:  Jersey no. 50

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