Printer Friendly

Full support for under-fire keeper Foster; INDIA TOUR.

Byline: RICHARD GIBSON

JAMES FOSTER has been offered the full support of the England tour management following his torrid Test debut in Mohali.

The 21-year-old wicket-keeper, whose career path mirrors that of Nasser Hussain - they attended the same east London school, Durham University and were coached by Nasser's father Joe ahead of Essex duty - missed a number of chances behind the stumps.

Foster was also dismissed cheaply in each innings trying to sweep Harbhajan Singh as the tourists lost by 10 wickets.

England captain Hussain has continually backed his county colleague and coach Duncan Fletcher insists even cricket's greats have struggled on the Test stage initially.

Foster also made a wobbly start to his international career in the recent one-day series in Zimbabwe, dropping a straightforward skier, but recovered in the latter half of the five matches.

"Obviously when some chances go down you are concerned but I have seen it happen to other young guys, " said Fletcher.

"People forget what Mark Boucher was like in his first few games. How well did Rod Marsh keep early on?"

Marsh's fellow Australian Ian Healy holds the world record dismissals for a gloveman in a Test career but doubts were initially raised as he was rushed through to the top with limited first-class experience.

Foster, who was chosen as the No 1 keeper over fellow tourist Warren Hegg when Alec Stewart made it clear he was not prepared to travel to India, has experienced a similar fasttracking.

"Every time a young player comes in he gets compared to the old, experienced guy going out. People don't realise what the great players were like when they started out.

"Did he (Foster) keep badly before this game? I thought he kept very well in the warm-up games.

"In Zimbabwe, those last couple of games and those catches he took were great, he didn't drop anything."

Fletcher added, "Our fielding overall was the one area I found strange in Mohali. We dropped some simple catches. But it's about confidence and the concentration levels have got to be up all the time."

Meanwhile, with the spinning tops of Ahmedabad and Bangalore to follow, Ashley Giles - who took an England record 17 wickets in Pakistan 12 months ago - is struggling to be fit for Tuesday's second Test.
COPYRIGHT 2001 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2001 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 8, 2001
Words:380
Previous Article:Aussie star sad that return is ruled out; CRICKET: Maher is squeezed out as Glamorgan search for a bowler.
Next Article:Dale does deal to extend stay at Glamorgan.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters