County News December 14, 2005

Matthew Nicholson heads to Northants

Cricinfo staff

Matthew Nicholson is an aggressive fast bowler who has performed well for New South Wales © Getty Images
Northamptonshire have signed Matthew Nicholson, the New South Wales quick bowler, as a replacement overseas player for Damien Wright. Nicholson, who played one Test for Australia against England in 1998-99, will add some much-needed fire power to the Northants attack following the departure of Johann Louw.

Nicholson said he can't wait for the challenge: "I'm really pumped about getting a full time contract with Northamptonshire. There have been a fair few enquiries over the years from counties but I feel now is the right time to commit to a full season in England. I'm looking forward to working with Kepler Wessels and all the guys in making 2006 a successful year for Northants."

The Northants chief executive, Mark Tagg, added: "We were disappointed to initially learn of the injury of Damien Wright who was tremendous for us last season taking 53 Championship wickets and 33 one-day wickets. Damien was a top guy off the field as well as on and will be missed by all at the club and his many supporters.

"We believe that in Nicholson we have a more than able replacement who is capable with both bat and ball and will be a key member of the team as we continue to move forward."