County news November 25, 2009

Nannes to join Nottinghamshire for Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Dirk Nannes, the Dutch-Australian paceman, will join Nottinghamshire for next season's Twenty20 Cup.

Nannes is something of a cricket nomad having represented Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and Champions League, as well as spearheading Middlesex's attack when they won the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and, with Victoria Bushrangers, becoming the leading wicket taker in Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket.

He was also part of the Netherlands team that beat England in the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20, before switching to his alternative nationality to make his ODI debut for Australia in their match against Scotland in August this year.

Nottinghamshire failed to pass the group stages of last season's Twenty20 Cup and suffer from a host of their bowling line-up, including Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom, being lost to England but Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire coach, feels that next season can be different.

"I regard Dirk as the most effective Twenty20 bowler in the world and he will be a great addition to our attack given the wealth of experience he possesses," said Newell.

"The likes of Ali Brown, David Hussey, Samit Patel, Alex Hales and Chris Read will give provide good depth to our Twenty20 batting line-up, so bolstering the bowling unit was always going to be the priority when we were considering our recruitment plans."

"Dirk has got good pace, he can bowl left-arm around the wicket and he bowls a good yorker which will come into play at the end of the innings. His achievements in the IPL underline his pedigree and we're signing him at the peak of his powers."

Nannes is looking forward to linking up with fellow Victorian, Darren Pattinson at Trent Bridge. "I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to come and play for Nottinghamshire next year and to have the familiar faces of past team mates Hussey and Pattinson lining up alongside me as well as respected former opposition.

"Nottinghamshire is a proud club, and has been highly recommended to me by former players and opposition alike. I have no doubt it will be a great season, and I am looking forward to the challenge of trying to win another Twenty20 title."

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