Former England batter Caroline Foster appointed Birmingham Phoenix assistant coach
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Former England batter Caroline Foster (nee Atkins) will join the Birmingham Phoenix as an assistant coach ahead of the inaugural edition of The Hundred, the club announced on Tuesday (June 22). Foster will be one of the three assistants of head coach Ben Sawyer along with Dominic Ostler and Gareth Davies.
Foster, who played 86 internationals for England, made her debut in a Test match against Australia in 2001 and went on to score 1704 runs across formats. She was part of the sides that won Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup in 2009. She was also part of England's Ashes winning side in 2009.
“I feel thrilled to be working with Birmingham Phoenix this summer. Ben is a fantastic coach who has experience around the world and I can’t wait to work with him and the players ahead of what is an incredibly exciting moment not just for Birmingham Phoenix but for women’s cricket as a whole," Foster said.
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The 40-year-old Foster has previously coached Western Storm during the inaugural season of now defunct Women's Cricket Super League in 2016 when they reached the final of the T20 competition.
Phoenix has England contracted players Amy Jones and Georgia Elwiss in their mix. Australian allrounder Ellyse Perry and India’s opening batter Shafali Verma are also part of the squad. Phoenix will play their first game of The Hundred on July 23 against London Spirit at Edgbaston.