He has taken 816 dismissals in his Essex career so far, some way behind Taylor, but so far clear in second that he will unlikely ever be beaten. In 2010 he took over full Essex captaincy duties from Mark Pettini. The limited-overs side under Foster were consistently impressive and Foster has developed into a skillful and innovative finisher.
Ryan ten Doeschate took the reins, but Foster’s consistency and longevity at the highest level was finally rewarded in 2016, as Essex clinched the Division Two title and a return to the promise land. He once again bounced back from adversity in 2017, after Adam Wheater was handed the gloves for Essex’s assault on Division One. Foster soon returned though and was an integral part of the Club’s first Championship success for 25 years, scoring valuable runs down the order and being his consistent best with the gloves in hand.