County news September 5, 2014

Varun Aaron to join Durham

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India fast bowler Varun Aaron will join Durham as an overseas player for the final few weeks of the County Championship season. He will replace Australia allrounder John Hastings, who has been called up to play for Chennai Super Kings for the upcoming Champions League T20.

Aaron will be available for the final two fixtures of the season, against Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, and is expected to fly to England next week. Durham have been forced to strengthen their forces because of the lurking threat of relegation from Division One of the LV= Championship.

Aaron played the fourth and fifth Tests against England and took five wickets for 250 runs - as well as breaking Stuart Broad's nose with a bouncer - before returning to India to join Glenn McGrath at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai for a 10-day fast-bowling programme.

"It's an honour for me to play for Durham" Aaron said. "I've always wanted to play county cricket in the UK and am looking to play next season. However, I am happy that the opportunity has come sooner and I look forward to joining the rest of the team."

Aaron is the second Indian player to sign with an English county this season after Cheteshwar Pujara agreed terms with Derbyshire. Varun had previously indicated he wanted to play domestic cricket in England to help "develop as a cricketer".

Durham coach Jon Lewis said: "He's obviously got some good pace and he's young and keen. He didn't start the series [against England] and came into it halfway through and made an impact because he brought genuine pace to their attack, which they didn't really have early on. I'm sure Stuart Broad remembers him!

"It bolsters our seam attack as we are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. The plan is that he'll join us at Lord's and spend a bit of time with us and that'll give him a few days to get ready for the first game."

Durham, champions in 2013, are currently seventh in Division One with three wins and three losses out of 13 games but they boosted their chances of avoiding relegation with a 54-run win over Nottinghamshire this week. Their next match is against Middlesex at Lord's from September 9.

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  • dummy4fb on September 7, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Very Good decision by Varun Aaron after Cheteshwar Pujara, india should send some players to play county in England.

  • Sailesh_Akkaraju on September 6, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    More Indian players need to be playing county Cricket. The overseas test record would only become better if that happens. Pace bowlers like Varun fade out on Indian flat pitches. Literally greener pastures is needed for them. This should be more than the first level players like Varun, but BCCI should allow players at first class levels to try out for county ( and other overseas) Cricket and if they get selected encourage them.

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Aaron & Yadav.

    Allan Donald, who is also the bowling coach at RCB, (Aaron's IPL team), has this to say about Aaron. "He is a very good athlete. A strong guy. I look at two bowlers in the Indian fast bowling bench who are physically very well built, have very strong actions - they are Varun and Umesh Yadav," Donald says. "Those two are the quickest bowlers. What makes them attractive is that they are very aggressive mentally. They can get stuck in."

    On the minus side (Allan didn't say it), they tend to lose their line and length . The directional radar of BOTH often malfunctions. Aaron seems to have got his defective radar fixed, in recent times. But, that of Yadav still need to be attended and fixed.

    As I said in earlier post, in swinging conditions, Bhuvi & Shami are our best bets. When no swing is available, we need a pair, with pace & hustling as the main weapons. Aaron & Yadav are our best bets, for such occasions.

    All these FOUR should be part of all our future tours.

  • dummy4fb on September 6, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    I am very excited about we (Indian players & their board) resuming this county stint for our cricketers. At the moment, it looks a symbolic change for both Pujara & Aaron, when they are joining the counties for the last couple of games or so. It is still worth it. Hopefully, it will rekindle the desire to spend LONGER stints by MORE of our national level players & the bench strength.

    Hope guys like Dhawan & Kohli will seriously consider this additional step, as part of their 'finishing school' process.

  • Nayan_Bhuyan on September 6, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    All the best to Varun Aaron.. Hope he does good and thanks to the BCCI for allowing Indian players to develop as a global cricketer.

  • anshu.s on September 6, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @ wake _up_india : our test team is not selected on basis of IPL if that was the case then the likes of Pujara,Vijay,Pankaj Singh ,Ishant Sharma,Varun Aaron,Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli yes Kohli had a poor IPL this season would never have been selected for test series v/s Eng in first place.Our test teams are selected on basis of Ranji,Duleep trophies,Irani,India A tours , on a lighter note instead of waking up India please awaken your knowledge of Indian cricket first :P

  • MANEESHROYwinner on September 6, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Let's hope that Aaron learns something NEW by playing in England.

  • Dilmah82 on September 6, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    This is a good move by Varun Aaron. He will learn a lot with the county stint

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 5, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    This is nothing more than a sight-seeing trip for him given it's already at the end of the county season. So enjoy the English fall weather Varun.

  • Chris_P on September 5, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    @Jayesh Patel. Not sure if you are aware, but the Australian Shield teams rarely, some never, use overseas players for their line-ups so any Australian experience would have to come from grade competitions. Johan Botha was an exception as he was brought in to Captain, mentor & change culture to Sth Australia. Previously you would have to go as far back as Hick in the early 90's for the last overseas regular. Grade experience, btw, has proven a great learning base for many youngsters although it has been mainly English players taking that option, due most likely to their seasons not conflicting. although I do recall Shoaib Akhtar playing a few games with Brett Lee at Mosman!. A positive step for Varun, hopefully he will increase his knowledge.