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Essex look for new club captain

12:00 22 December 2015

Hornchurch cricketer Paul Walter shows off his strength during winter training at Essex with former club captain James Foster watching on in the background

Hornchurch cricketer Paul Walter shows off his strength during winter training at Essex with former club captain James Foster watching on in the background

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James Foster has been offered a new contract but won’t skipper the team in 2016

Essex have confirmed that James Foster is no long the club captain, but has been offered a new contract.

The 35-year-old wicket-keeper has been skipper of the Division Two side for five years, but won’t be continuing with the role for the upcoming season.

Foster made his debut for Essex in 2000 and became vice-captain in 2007 before stepping up to become club captain in 2010.

He was captain in all 16 County Championship matches last season, leading them to a third-place finish, but Ryan ten Doeschate led the club in the one-day and T20 format.

A statement on the official club website read: “Essex County Cricket Club can announce that James Foster is no longer club captain.

“The club would like to thank James for his service as captain over the last five years and look forward to him being a major part of Essex’s future.

“James has been offered a new contract to extend his time at the County, since making his first-class debut in 2000.

“The club will review captaincies in the New Year and in what direction to proceed ahead of the 2016 season.”

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