Neil Foster

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Neil Foster
Personal information
Full nameNeil Alan Foster
Born(1962-05-06) 6 May 1962 (age 51)
Colchester, Essex, England
NicknameFozzy
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting styleRight-handed batsman
Bowling styleRight-arm fast medium
Rolebowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 502)11 August 1983 v New Zealand
Last Test17 June 1993 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 71)18 February 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI29 May 1989 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1995Norfolk
1981–1993Essex
1991–1992Transvaal
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCList A
Matches2948230215
Runs scored44615043431247
Batting average11.7311.5320.6817.08
100s/50s–/––/–2/11–/2
Top score3924107*62
Balls bowled626162614583310954
Wickets8859908292
Bowling average32.8531.1124.4424.41
5 wickets in innings5502
10 wickets in match1n/a8n/a
Best bowling8/1073/208/995/17
Catches/stumpings7/–12/–116/–49/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 December 2008
 
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Neil Foster
Personal information
Full nameNeil Alan Foster
Born(1962-05-06) 6 May 1962 (age 51)
Colchester, Essex, England
NicknameFozzy
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting styleRight-handed batsman
Bowling styleRight-arm fast medium
Rolebowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 502)11 August 1983 v New Zealand
Last Test17 June 1993 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 71)18 February 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI29 May 1989 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1995Norfolk
1981–1993Essex
1991–1992Transvaal
Career statistics
CompetitionTestODIFCList A
Matches2948230215
Runs scored44615043431247
Batting average11.7311.5320.6817.08
100s/50s–/––/–2/11–/2
Top score3924107*62
Balls bowled626162614583310954
Wickets8859908292
Bowling average32.8531.1124.4424.41
5 wickets in innings5502
10 wickets in match1n/a8n/a
Best bowling8/1073/208/995/17
Catches/stumpings7/–12/–116/–49/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 December 2008

Neil Alan Foster (1962–) is an English former cricketer, who played in twenty nine Tests and forty eight One Day Internationals for England from 1983 to 1993.[1] He played for Essex from 1980 to 1993, earning his county cap in 1983. He was a fast bowler.

Early life and First Class cricket[edit]

Born 6 May 1962, Colchester, Essex)[2] Foster was educated at Philip Morant Comprehensive, Colchester. He played for Essex during arguably their most successful period in their history. Supported by a star studded team that included other England players such Graham Gooch, Keith Fletcher, John Lever and Derek Pringle, Essex with Foster as their spearhead fast bowler won the County Championship on five occasions (1983, 1984, 1986, 1991 and 1992) during his time there.

Test cricket[edit]

Foster made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord's in 1983, with Jeremy Coney becoming his first wicket and only wicket of that game. Foster made his debut alongside other debutants, Nick Cook and Chris Smith, and it was the first time since 1959 that England had fielded three new players in a home Test.

Foster made his mark on Test cricket at a similar time to other fellow Essex players and captain Graham Gooch. Foster's fast swing bowling suited English conditions, but his best bowling figures came against India in Madras in 1984–85 where he took eleven wickets in the match.[2] Foster is the only bowler to get both Javed Miandad and Viv Richards out for a duck in a Test.[3]

As a batsman, his highest Test score of 39 was made against Australia in the Fourth Test of the 1989 Ashes series. In 1988, Foster was selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year alongside Jonathan Agnew, David Hughes, Peter Roebuck and Pakistan international Saleem Malik.

Rebel tour and retirement[edit]

During the 1989 Fourth Test, an England rebel tour to South Africa was announced, with Foster one of the touring party with Mike Gatting as captain.[2] All rebel players were banned for three years from Test cricket.

Foster got a recall from the selectors in 1993, replacing Phillip DeFreitas in the Second Ashes test. It was his first Test for four years. He became the fourth South African rebel to be rehabilitated, after Gatting, John Emburey and Paul Jarvis, and his selection was designed to bring more aggression to the English attack. But on a docile pitch at Foster's least favourite Test ground, his recall was not a success. Foster opened the bowling with Andrew Caddick, and the Australians scored 632 for 4 declared. England lost by an innings and 62 runs. Foster played only one more county game before retiring that year.

Injuries[edit]

"Back and knee injuries plagued the career of Essex seam bowler Neil Foster so much that the plates in his body once apparently set off an airport metal-detector. In all, he had as many as nine knee operations, and the problems jinxed a fine career."

[1]

With his first-hand knowledge of the physio's table, it is no surprise that Foster became a chartered physiotherapist after he retired from the game.[4] He gained his degree in physiotherapy from the University of Salford.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Content-uk.cricinfo.com
  2. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 67. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  3. ^ Cricinfo.com – Neil Foster Player Page
  4. ^ Neil Foster comments on Kevin Pietersen's injury

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