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Nottinghamshire have signed long-time overseas player David Hussey for part of the 2013 season. Hussey will link up with the club following the end of the Champions Trophy and will be available from then on for all but the final month of the season.
Since making his Nottinghamshire debut in 2004, Hussey has played for the Outlaws every season apart from in 2008 and 2012. Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell paid tribute to Hussey’s loyalty, saying, "David has been my first thought when recruiting overseas players for 10 years now and he adds a lot of value in all formats. For me, he is more than good enough to have warranted Test selection and to have a player of that calibre with an affinity for a particular county is rare and something that we have embraced."
Hussey outlined the reasons for his loyalty towards Nottinghamshire, explaining, "There are lots of things I enjoy about playing for Notts but the characters in the dressing room, the atmosphere at Trent Bridge and the fact that the team are always competitive are the main reasons.
“Captaining Notts Outlaws is something that I really enjoy and my method is to try and think two overs ahead of everybody else and to bring some stability in pressure situations. When I look at the squad I think that there is the potential for us to make it to Finals Day but also to mount a serious challenge in the Championship. I played all of the championship-winning season in 2005 and contributed in 2010 and those trophies rank amongst the best achievements of my career."
Hussey will replace fellow Australian Ed Cowan, who agreed to a pre-Ashes stint in December, as Nottinghamshire’s overseas player from late June onwards, with his first match expected to be their Friends Life t20 opener on 28th June against Leicestershire. The identity of Nottinghamshire’s overseas player for the final month of the season is still unclear as Hussey is hoping to be playing for Australia in the limited-overs internationals against England in September. However, he was recently dropped by the Australian selectors so could yet be available to play at Trent Bridge.
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Durham beneficiary Stephen Harmison has chosen the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation as the charity for his benefit year. Harmison, an ardent Newcastle United supporter, became firm friends with Robson in the years leading up to his death in 2009.
Essex have indicated that they may follow Nottinghamshire’s lead by barring their contracted players from competing in the IPL. Three of their players - Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate and Owais Shah - are likely to miss the first two months of the 2013 season, with the latter two certain to do so. Looking ahead to 2014, coach Paul Grayson told the Essex Chronicle: “Eventually we might make a decision and say ‘enough is enough, you either play for Essex or you play somewhere else’.”
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson has announced his intention to quit at the end of the 2013 season. Richardson will leave after 12 years in the post, but will remain involved with the club, taking a role with its youth trust.
Northamptonshire all-rounder James Middlebrook has been added to the MCC’s squad for their tour of the UAE in March. The squad will compete in the Emirates T20 Trophy against several county sides as well as play the Champion County match against Warwickshire.
Worcestershire have signed England Under-19 all-rounder Ed Barnard on a two-year summer contract. Barnard hit a century in the first innings of England’s win against South Africa Under-19s in the first youth Test which finished earlier today in Cape Town.
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