Barbadian quick bowler Ruel Brathwaite has signed a two-year contract with Durham following a successful trial period with the club at the end of the 2010 season.
Brathwaite made his debut in the final LV= County Championship match of the season against Somerset, having previously played first-class cricket for Loughborough University, Cambridge University and the MCC.
He also represented a West Indian side in 2007, filling in after a number of One-Day International squad members arrived late for a series against England, taking the wicket of Owais Shah against the England Lions in Worcester.
“I was delighted to be offered a contract with Durham after my initial spell with them," Brathwaite said.
"The boys really made me feel incredibly welcome while I was there and I can’t wait to join up with them in pre season as we prepare for our 2011 campaign. I’m excited for the opportunity ahead and I’m looking forward to making my mark.”
Durham CCC Head Coach Geoff Cook added: “Ruel has a great attitude and real enthusiasm about the game which really fits well in our dressing room. We’ll be working closely with him to finalise his status as English qualified. We’re pleased that, despite offers from other counties, he decided to commit to Durham.”
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