County news August 15, 2018

Nottinghamshire sign Kraigg Brathwaite for Championship run-in

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kraigg Brathwaite raises his bat after getting to his century © Randy Brooks/AFP

Nottinghamshire have bolstered their batting for the County Championship run-in by signing West Indian Kraigg Brathwaite after Quinton de Kock was withdrawn from his deal by Cricket South Africa.

Brathwaite goes straight into Nottinghamshire's squad for their match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. They are currently second in Division One, nine points behind Somerset, with Surrey holding a considerable lead at the top.

Brathwaite is a proven Test match opener, averaging 37.94 over 49 Tests, which included scores of 134 and 95 against England at Headingley last year when West Indies produced a memorable chase on the final day.

He does not feature in T20 cricket - so there is no clash with the ongoing CPL - and is a rarity among the current generation having never played in the format in his career.

"I'm excited about getting going at this great Club and hopefully I can help the side push for the Championship title in the run-in," said Brathwaite.

"Being able to call Trent Bridge home for a few weeks will be a great feeling and I'll be looking to give my best for the team across the final five games. Testing myself in English conditions will develop my game and I'm hoping to continue my good form with the bat, starting on Sunday."

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, said: "Kraigg will bring great experience to the side having played nearly 50 Test matches and we hope he can continue his form on these shores. Put simply, he adds quality and depth we're hopeful that he can make contributions in the final weeks of the season."

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