Full name Neil Alan Foster
Born May 6, 1962, Colchester, Essex
Current age 54 years 322 days
Major teams England, Essex, Norfolk, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Philip Morant Comprehensive, Colchester
Relation Son - HG Foster
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Lord's, Aug 11-15, 1983 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 17-21, 1993 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 18, 1984 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Lord's, May 29, 1989 scorecard|
|First-class span||1980 - 1993|
|List A span||1981 - 1995|
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. Fozzie had a beautiful, upright action, which generated prolific outswing and seam movement both ways. And he had the priceless ability to dismiss good batsmen: he is the only man to snare Javed Miandad and Viv Richards for 0 in a Test. He came from nowhere to take 11 wickets in England's stunning Madras victory in 1984-85, and at The Oval in 1988 demolished West Indies' top order single-handedly in a devastating display. He went on the rebel tour to South Africa a year later, only to return to Test cricket at his Lord's bogey ground - where his bowling average was 51 - in 1993. He gave in to injury and retired a week later.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1988
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For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
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This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history