James Foster set to retire at the end of the season
The legendary wicket-keeper batsman in the English domestic circuit, James Foster has taken the toughest decision of his life of retiring from all forms of cricket.
He was a legend as far as Essex county cricket is concerned. But his dream county club didn’t renew his existing contract and that’s maybe the reason behind his retirement.
Foster played for England on a few occasions that many cricket fans don’t know. He represented his beloved country in just 7 Tests, 11 ODIs and 5 T20Is. Though he failed to make an impact in the national side, he last played for England way back in 2009 World T20. He played international tests between the years 2001 and 2003.
Yes, that is true when we say he was not able to make any type of impact in the international circuit and obviously if we go by the numbers, then his international career is a huge disappointment. But he owns a unique record of being the only wicket-keeper in the world to stump the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in test history.
But Foster’s first class record is actually ‘first class.’ He scored almost 14,000 runs in the first class circuit to go with 70 half centuries and 23 hundred. His average was around 36 which is a healthy one for a wicket-keeper in seaming English conditions.
Foster released a statement through Essex saying, “This was a decision I gave great consideration to, knowing the hard work it took me to get back into the side during 2017 championship winning season, however, I felt this was the right thing for me personally as coaching is the direction I want to explore when I eventually finish playing.”
In his 17th season with Essex, he won the most coveted county championship with them in 2017, which was their first title in 25 years. The next plan for Foster is to try his cricketing knowledge in the coaching field. He is all set to coach Sydney side in next season of Big Bash. We wish him all the best for his future post-retirement.