Wednesday 28 February 2007 

Stuart Clark Signs For Hampshire

Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark has signed for Hampshire, where he will join fellow Australian Shane Warne as the Southern Counties second overseas player. He is due to join his new team-mates after Australia's World Cup campaign.

He becomes the latest in a long list of Australians who have spent time at Hampshire, including Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Dominic Thornely, Shane Watson and Warne himself.

Clark made a huge impact in the Ashes series, taking 24 wickets at 17.25. He is looking forward to his move to England, having already played in the County Championship last season with Middlesex, where he was called up as an emergency reserve following injury to Glenn McGrath, who he replaced on the tour of South Africa where he first made a name for himself on the international scene.

Speaking from Australia, he said, "I am extremely grateful that such a great club as Hampshire would consider offering me the opportunity to join their club and allow me the chance of making a contribution towards the team’s success for this season. This is a once in a lifetime chance for me and with the added benefit to also play cricket with such a cricketing legend and personal friend as Shane Warne making my time at Hampshire very exciting."

Team Manager and ex-England international Paul Terry was just as excited about the signing, commenting, "Stuart’s performances in the last year at international level have elevated him to one of the leading bowlers currently playing in the world, so it’s a great signing for Hampshire. He will give us an extra cutting edge and his experience will be invaluable for the younger bowlers in our squad."

Hampshire start their season on April 14th welcoming Cardiff UCCE to The Rose Bowl. Clark, himself going to the World Cup as a late replacement for Brett Lee, is likely to make his debut for Hampshire sometime in May once his World Cup commitments are complete.