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Why the hell did he design this "jock" to be worn on the outside of his clothing?


One in the eye for the super box

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Ben Foster sweated blood trying to come up with the world's first eco-friendly cricket box.
But, while the 23-year-old proved that his biodegradable invention could protect the environment and his pride and joy it did nothing for his head.
He was struck in the face by a delivery from fast bowler Charlie Shreck as he put the Eco Box protector through its paces yesterday.
Shreck, Nottinghamshire's player of the year, decided to bang a ball in short so it bounced high... and split the batsman's eyebrow.


Ben Foster shows off his box before recieving the delivery

Mr Foster, a communications officer at the Eden Project in Cornwall, said: 'The box stood up well. We just need to do an eco-friendly helmet now.
'I am perfectly fine in the box region, it is my head that's sore and he didn't get me out.


Mr. Foster is surprised by a short ball, and catches it full in the face

'But it was all good-natured; he shook my hand afterwards and I ampretty sure it was an accident.'
Mr Foster dreamed up the idea of a throw-away box during England's Ashes victory in 2005.
Abdominal protectors, which are also used in other sports such as boxing and hockey, are normally made of plastics derived from oil, and do not biodegrade at the end of their life.
The Eco Box is made of hemp and a plant-based resin so it is completely biodegradable.
It is a spin-off from the Eden Project's Eco Board, a surfboard made from from balsa wood, instead of oil-based plastics, and laminated in hemp and a plantbased resin.


Bemused fielders look on. Rumours that the stray ball was actually a wide bowled by Steve Harmison in Australia were denied.

An eco-box is now being sent to England captain Andrew Flintoff although there are those who might say he has little dignity left to protect after England's latest Ashes disaster.


Foster recieves treatment to his bloodied face