James Foster reveals international ambitions after being named first English coach in men’s hundred

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During the competition’s inaugural season, high-profile foreign names dominated the senior positions in the men’s draw.

Five of the eight positions were assigned to Australians, while South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka each had one representative. However, with Darren Lehmann leaving his role at Headingley, the Superchargers turned to Foster, a former Essex wicketkeeper. The 42-year-old, regarded as one of the finest gloves of his generation, represented England in all three formats from 2002 to 2009. Foster believes in his experiences on the global franchise circuit – including the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super. League and Bangladesh Premier League – means more than just his nationality. “I am incredibly proud to be the first English coach,” said the new head coach of the Superchargers. “It’s a great opportunity, but it’s not a must for me.

“Last year there was a lot of bad pressure about it, but maybe I don’t see it because of the journey I’ve been on in coaching. I didn’t attend The Hundred last year, but I was asked if ‘What are your thoughts on not being an English head coach?’ And I said working under foreign coaches is a great thing for English coaches. I hope the English people involved last year were able to do that.” Tried to work under Things beyond the so called ‘English way’. “You can tap into great minds and in my career so far I have worked under the likes of Stephen Fleming, Mahela Jayawardene, Trevor Bayliss, Tom Moody, Shane Bond, Mohammad Akram, Andy Flower. There is so much varied experience and I have been very fortunate to learn from these people.

“It was a well thought out plan. Why would you not want to try working under some of the best foreign coaches in the world? For the last three years I have been working under Brendon McCullum at Kolkata Knight Riders, who has been an absolute must. Pleasure.” England’s Test and limited-overs teams are led by overseas coaches, with McCullum and Matthew Mott leading the way. However, Foster revealed that he wanted to test himself on the international scene, saying: “I would love to coach at the highest level in international cricket.” I retired from playing in 2018 and I want to achieve just as well. I am trying to gain as much knowledge as I can. In terms of England’s set-up, maybe at some stage in the future, but I think it’s probably a long way off.”

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