Foster injures thumb, faces six week lay-off: ECB

Published: Friday, July 26, 2002, 2:34 [IST]
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London: England wicket-keeper James Foster broke his left thumb on Thursday and could be out for between four to six weeks, a spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Thursday.

Foster had only recently returned to action after sustaining a broken arm while batting in the nets in May. He sustained his latest injury while keeping wicket to the gentle medium-pace of Essex team-mate John Stephenson during a County Championship match against Glamorgan at Chelmsford. England's wicket-keeper on its winter tour of India and New Zealand, Foster, 22, was granted a central contract by the selectors in a clear indication that he was its first choice. However, his injury problems have seen veteran Alec Stewart recalled for all this summer's Tests so far after the Surrey stalwart opted out of England's winter campaign. Stewart, 39, is currently playing in an England record 119th Test at Lord's in the opening match of the four Test series against India. Foster's latest setback means Stewart is set to retain his place for the next two Tests at the very least.

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