F.R. Foster


F.R. Foster 5-16 v South AfricaBack to boards

Frank Foster made a five-for at Lord’s in 1912 during the infamous Triangular Tournament series for England against South Africa.

Batting for less than 90 minutes, the South Africans first innings’ total was 58, with Foster and S F Barnes bowling in irresistible fashion.

Foster bowled Nourse with a yorker on the off-stump, Llewellyn with a shooter and with South Africa at 36-5 he bowled Faulkner’s off-stump out of the ground. Foster hit the stumps five times during the innings.

A left-arm medium-fast bowler with a short run and easy action, Foster was one of the pioneers of leg-theory bowling, so much so that he was consulted by Douglas Jardine before the Bodyline tour of 1932-3.