HRV Cup 2013-14

Hodge among four signed by Auckland

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October 18, 2013

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Auckland Aces have signed four overseas players - Brad Hodge, Luke Wright, David Willey and James Fuller - for the forthcoming Twenty20 HRV Cup. They will be available for the side at different stages of the competition that runs between November 1 and January 18, 2014.

Hodge, the Australian batsman, is currently the second highest run-getter in T20 cricket with 5676 runs in a ten-year period, behind Chris Gayle. He played one game for Auckland last season and will be available for the first three games.

Wright, the England and Sussex allrounder, played for Wellington in the 2010-11 HRV Cup. He will be available for two matches at Eden Park at the end of November.

Willey, the Northamptonshire batsman, will miss the first three rounds but will be available for the remainder of the tournament.

Fuller, the South Africa born fast bowler who plays for Gloucestershire, will be around for the entire duration of the tournament. He was part of the Otago squad that won the HRV Cup last season.

"To secure these guys for the HRV Twenty20 is really huge for us,'' Auckland coach Matt Horne said. "All of them are proven Twenty20 performers and each one gives us something different. We think they'll provide us with some real strike power and we're looking forward to them joining us from November.''

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Posted by JG2704 on (October 20, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

@ Englishfan on (October 18, 2013, 19:16 GMT) For someone who calls himself "English Cricket Fan" , I'm surprised in ref to

"Craig Kieswetter should try and follow suit (although I'm not a great fan of either, I realise that England will keep picking them)."

you haven't noticed that England axed Craig earlier in the year and have not looked back despite a decent SF season. But you're right in that it would be beneficial for fringe ODI players to put their names forward for this

Posted by JG2704 on (October 19, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

I'd suggest that any England SF player should put their names in the hat for this tournament. I'm not sure how it impinges with England's plans but I also think it would be good if England's management release Jos from the development squad (or whatever they call it) and anyone else not in the test set up to gain playing experience - if they are not physically playing for England.

Posted by SDHM on (October 19, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut - he's represented NZ U-19s but plays in the UK as a domestic on a UK passport, so whether's he looking to complete a qualifying period or not I don't know. The fact he's signed as an overseas here I'd say suggests he's looking to make a career for himself in England. He certainly won't be in the England frame any time soon, not because he isn't talented, but because he still has a few years of qualification left and there are plenty of other options around. For that reason if New Zealand came knocking I'm sure he'd find it hard to say no.

Got a sneaky feeling that David Willey could well force himself into England's WT20 squad. It's no secret that England want a left armer and Willey's batting gives him the edge over Topley. I'd suggest he's in a bit of a dogfight with Stokes and Bresnan for a spot in the squad.

Posted by hokeypokey on (October 19, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Hope it didnt cost to much..other nz domestic franchises have gone down this track and are still paying for it, seasons later..I say play the locals.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 18, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Can anybody tell me about the eligability of james fuller to play international cricket for nz, i know he's a kiwi but plays all his cricket in england, does anyone know who he wants to play for because what i've seen of him, he's got the goods

Posted by CodandChips on (October 18, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Good to see as it can help with Willey's development to become an important player for England in the near future. Also I like Luke Wright playing because as he will never play test cricket and shouldn't play ODIs he should be improving and practising his T20 batting. Maybe Jade Dernbach (currently inside top 10 T20I rankings before people start arguing) and Craig Kieswetter should try and follow suit (although I'm not a great fan of either, I realise that England will keep picking them).

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 18, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

David Willey should play for England.Left handed bowling all rounder.Bring him in

Posted by Basingrad on (October 18, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

That's the "Northants Botham" to you!

Posted by daniel_fishman on (October 18, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

David Willey is a bowling all-rounder, not a batsman.

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