Neil Foster      

Full name Neil Alan Foster

Born May 6, 1962, Colchester, Essex

Current age 51 years 348 days

Major teams England, Essex, Norfolk, Transvaal

Nickname Fozzy

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 4 in

Education Philip Morant Comprehensive, Colchester

Neil Alan Foster
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 29 45 7 446 39 11.73 1223 36.46 0 0 54 4 7 0
ODIs 48 25 12 150 24 11.53 244 61.47 0 0 9 0 12 0
First-class 230 269 59 4343 107* 20.68 2 11 116 0
List A 215 113 40 1247 62 17.08 0 2 49 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 29 47 6261 2891 88 8/107 11/163 32.85 2.77 71.1 2 5 1
ODIs 48 48 2627 1836 59 3/20 3/20 31.11 4.19 44.5 0 0 0
First-class 230 45833 22196 908 8/99 24.44 2.90 50.4 50 8
List A 215 10954 7128 292 5/17 5/17 24.41 3.90 37.5 7 2 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 18, 1984 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Lord's, May 29, 1989 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1980-1993
List A span 1981-1995
Profile

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.
Rob Smyth

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Jul 1, 2001

England Masters v Australia Masters, Trent Bridge Nottingham 1 July 2001

Neil Foster wielding the willow

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Jul 1, 2001

England Masters v Australia Masters, Trent Bridge Nottingham 1 July 2001

Essex and England colleagues Gooch and Foster

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Aug 8, 2000

Neil Foster commentating

Neil Foster commentating

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1988

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