Scotland news January 5, 2012

Worker to be Scotland professional for 2012 season

ESPNcricinfo staff

George Worker, the New Zealand batsman, will be the professional player for Scotland for their Clydesdale Bank 40 League campaign in 2012.

Worker, 22, featured in victories over Northamptonshire and Warwickshire last season and has scored 1,073 List A runs at 34.61. He will be coach and professional at Watsonian CC on Myerside alongside playing for Scotland.

Having made his first-class debut in December 2007 for Central Districts, Worker represented New Zealand Under-19s in five youth Tests - two in England - and also played in the 2008 U19 World Cup, where New Zealand reached the semi-final.

"I'm looking forward to seeing George back in a Scotland shirt for our 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign," said Scotland head coach, Pete Steindl. "His attacking style of batting fits well at the top of the order, while his left arm spin will also prove a handy asset. He will be warmly welcomed back into the dressing room after his positive impact last season".

Scotland begin their 2012 CB40 campaign on May 6 against Surrey at the Grange.