Essex wicket-keeper James Foster has been awarded a benefit year for 2011, the club have confirmed. The former England international has scored over 8,000 first-class runs since making his Essex debut in 2000.
“I believe it is a huge honour to be awarded a Benefit Year by Essex Cricket and it is amazing that the club have recognised my contribution and hard work towards Essex Cricket," Foster said.
“The upcoming year is going to be busy for me as I will also still be captaining the side, which is my first and main priority. The next campaign will be an important season and I am looking to make it special by performing well in all formats of the game and leading the team to some silverware.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career to date. Making my debut for Essex in 2000 was obviously a huge honour and I have been very fortunate to continue representing the club over the following decade. I see playing for Essex as a privilege and something which I do not take for granted.
"I have many happy memories and featured in some memorable matches for the county that I will never forget. Hopefully there will be plenty more successes in the future."
Foster played seven Tests and 11 One-day Internationals for England, notably touring Australia and India with the senior team.
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