Tip Foster      

Full name Reginald Erskine Foster

Born April 16, 1878, Malvern, Worcestershire

Died May 13, 1914, Brompton, Kensington, London (aged 36 years 27 days)

Major teams England, Oxford University, Worcestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Education Malvern College; Oxford University

Relation Brother - HK Foster, Brother - WL Foster, Brother - BS Foster, Brother - GN Foster, Brother - MK Foster, Brother - NJA Foster, Brother-in-law - W Greenstock, Nephew - CK Foster, Nephew - JW Greenstock, Nephew - PG Foster

Reginald Erskine Foster
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 8 14 1 602 287 46.30 1 1 1 13 0
First-class 139 234 17 9076 287 41.82 22 41 178 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 139 1616 1153 25 3/54 46.12 4.28 64.6 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 11-17, 1903 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 19-21, 1907 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1897 - 1912

Seven Foster brothers played for Worcestershire in the years before World War 1, but RE (Tip) was the finest cricketer. The only man to captain England at football and cricket, Tip Foster played only eight Tests, but he certainly made his mark with comfortably the highest score by a Test debutant, a mighty 287 at Sydney in 1903-04. It also remains the highest score by an Englishman in Australia. He played only one full season of county cricket, in 1901, when he made 2128 runs at 50.66. The previous year he had set the record for the highest score in the Varsity match (171), and scored a hundred in each innings in the Gentlemen v Players clash. Foster was a refined middle-order batsman with a touch of the Dexters, who graduated to the captaincy against South Africa in 1907 - he had to decline the offer to lead England in Australia that winter because of business commitments. He won six football caps, and he and all six of his brothers played for Worcestershire. He suffered from diabetes, and was just 36 when he died in 1914.
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Tip Foster plays a ball to the leg side, 1910

Tip Foster plays a ball to the leg side

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Tip Foster portrait, 1907

Tip Foster portrait

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1901