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James Foster believes he has learned from his first year as skipper

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Essex captain James Foster believes he is better placed to lead his county after his experiences last season.

The wicketkeeper, who played seven Tests for England, endured a torrid start as the Chelmsford based outfit lost their first two County Championship games, leaving their season in tatters but Essex enjoyed a good finish to the season.

“I enjoyed my first season as captain,” he said. I think I’ve benefitted from that year.

“The more you do something, the more you grow. As captain of the team, it’s not just making the decisions on the field.

“It’s the stuff that goes off the field. It’s the man-management of player.

“There’s no textbook on how to be a captain. It’s all about your skills individually as players.

“You speak to the people you trust and confide in.”

Foster believes that his side have the skills to challenge to win promotion back to Division One.

“I believe we’ve got the skills to do it,” he added. “They believe that as well.

“You really talk to players a lot more about their games and how you feel they’re coming on and have a positive impact in their game.

“I don’t think my relationship has changed with the players.”

“I’m looking forward to the season. Preparation has been phenomenal.

“I do believe this has been one of our best pre-seasons. I feel that the games that we’ve played, we’ve performed very nicely. We’re in a good place at the moment.”

The role of captain is one that the 31-year-old has enjoyed but admitted it did have some drawbacks.

He revealed: “One of the worst things as captain is telling people that they haven’t made the team but it comes with the territory and the captain is that guy.

“The best bit is winning games. I’m an Essex guy, born and bred.

“I’m very proud to be in this position. When you win matches as a captain, it’s a lovely feeling.”

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