Hampshire add James Fuller to seam bowling stocks

James Fuller celebrates a breakthrough Getty Images

Hampshire have signed Middlesex's fast-medium bowler James Fuller on a three-year contract. It is Fuller's third county in four years and continues his search for a club where he can make a lasting impression across all formats.

Having started out with Otago in New Zealand, Fuller utilised a British passport to join Gloucestershire, where he claimed 89 wickets in 35 first-class appearances. He moved to Middlesex in 2016, making his debut against Hampshire that year and picking up a five-wicket haul.

Fuller has claimed 141 first-class wickets in total at an average of 33.06 and, now 28, joins a Hampshire squad short on English-qualified seam-bowling resources. They have already recruited Keith Barker, the veteran left-arm seamer, from Warwickshire.

Fuller has been a strong white-ball contributor throughout his career, helping Gloucestershire to win the 2015 Royal London Cup. He has claimed 70 List A wickets at 29.74, as well as 94 in T20 to go alongside a batting strike rate of 149.04.

He also earned England Lions call-ups in 2016 and 2017, when he featured against Sri Lanka A and the UAE alongside Hampshire wicketkeeper-batsman, Tom Alsop.

Hampshire's director of cricket Giles White said: "James is a talented all-round cricketer with the ability to make an impact across all formats."