County news February 3, 2006

Dominic Thornely joins Hampshire

Cricinfo staff

Australia A batsman Dominic Thornely has joined Hampshire on a one-year contract for the 2006 season.

Thornely, 27, will join Hampshire captain and legendary Australia legspinner Shane Warne who led the county to runners-up spot in the County Championship last season.

"I'm really looking forward to playing at Hampshire," Thornely said. "I feel a county season will develop my game further under the captaincy of Shane Warne and the support staff at Hampshire. The club were very successful last season, and I hope to contribute to that success with both bat and ball."

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove was delighted to have signed the New South Wales player, who bowls medium-pace. "His positive allround approach to the game is consistent with the way we play, and I am confident he will quickly become a firm favourite with our supporters."