Cricket: FOSTER'S FITNESS PLUNGE.(Sport)

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Byline: GARY FITZGERALD

JAMES FOSTER has been sitting in a special oxygen tank with his body pressure lowered to 33 feet below sea level in a desperate bid to regain his England place.

The Essex youngster has also been receiving special ultrasound treatment on his damaged arm.

But he fears he may not make it back in time to reclaim the wicketkeeping gloves from Alex Stewart before the end of the series with Sri Lanka.

Foster is doing everything possible to recover from the broken left arm suffered in a freak incident during net practice.

After been given a vote of confidence by the England management after his performances in India and New Zealand over the winter, Foster was at Lord's to watch and talk with the other players.

He is frustrated at being on the sidelines and having to watch veteran Stewart take his place. But he is on the road to recovery and said: "I've been told it will take two to three weeks to mend properly. …