Wicket-keeper James Foster has signed a new deal with Essex that will see him remain at the county until the end of the 2011 season.
Foster, who had been due to tour New Zealand with the England Lions before injury ruled him out, scored over 1,800 runs for Essex in 2008, also taking 70 catches as the Chelmsford-based side earned promotion from the Pro40 Division Two and the Friends Provident Trophy title.
Paul Grayson, Essex coach, said: “Foster has been outstanding for a few years now. He is at the top of his game and has been consistent for the past few years. I honestly believe he is the best wicket-keeper in the country and James was the backbone of our success in 2008. If he was to have another good start to this season he could force his way into the Ashes squad and that is exactly what he deserves. He is the model professional as vice-captain of Essex.”
Foster told www.essexcricket.org.uk: “I am delighted to be signing a new contract until the end of the 2011 season. I love Essex, I am an Essex boy and I am very excited about the way the team is developing under the leadership of Mark Pettini and Paul Grayson. The 2008 season was the highlight of my involvement with Essex.
“I underwent surgery on my shoulder in October, the recovery took a little longer than I originally anticipated," he added. "However, I should be back to full fitness before the start of the season.”
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