It has been an eventful couple of weeks for Manly-Warringah paceman Joel Foster.
The youngster picked up the prized scalp of star batsman Steve Smith on the eve of his 19th birthday in the second round of McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket against Sutherland.
Foster finished with the impressive figures of 4-16, leading his team to a huge 217-run first innings victory.
This week brought even better news for Foster as he was included in the 13-player NSW Metropolitan squad that will compete at the Under 19 National Cricket Championships in December in Adelaide.
Foster expressed his jubilation after he claimed Smith’s wicket.
“It was actually my first ball of the innings, just getting into the over, I bowled an outswinger and luckily enough it came off and he nicked it to the first slip,” said Foster with an obvious delight on his face.
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Foster also explained the impact of David Warner’s and Smith’s return to McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket.
“I think there’s a lot more hype around Sydney Grade cricket this year, with guys like them playing. It is very exciting for me and other young players in Sydney cricket to play against guys like them,” said Foster.
It is not the first time that the rookie has made the news. Earlier in the year, playing in his first season for Manly-Warringah following a move from Northern District, Foster created headlines with stunning figures of 8-23 against Bankstown in McDonald's NSW Premier Cricket.
“It was a massive confidence booster for me and made me more comfortable in the team,” said Foster, explaining the impact of his performance.
Foster has also been working on his batting and wants to add more value to his team, but despite the high of taking Smith’s wicket and a second successive selection in the U/19 NSW Metro team for the National Championships, the swing bowler is not thinking too far ahead.
“I have worked really hard on my batting, anything you can add to your game is obviously helpful,” he said.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, thinking of team selections and things like that.