Dan Christian locks in Nottinghamshire return as T20 captain

Australian allrounder returns for seventh season at Trent Bridge

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Dan Christian was player of the match in both the semi-final and final in 2020  •  Getty Images

Dan Christian was player of the match in both the semi-final and final in 2020  •  Getty Images

Dan Christian will return to Nottinghamshire for a seventh season in 2022 after re-signing as the club's T20 Blast captain.
Christian, who will turn 39 before flying to the UK at the end of May, is among of the world's most decorated T20 cricketers and a three-time Blast winner. He spent six consecutive seasons at Notts between 2015 and 2020, captaining them to the title in 2017 and 2020 to add to his triumph with Hampshire in 2010.
He was due to play a seventh consecutive season for them in 2021 and played two second XI T20 games as a warm-up for the Blast after arriving in Nottingham, but a shock recall to Australia's T20I set-up saw him miss the full season, instead playing on their tours against West Indies and Bangladesh.
In Christian's absence, Dane Paterson - only an occasional feature of the T20 side - was Notts' only overseas player but they finished top of the North Group at a canter under Steven Mullaney's captaincy. They looked set for Finals Day at 66 for 1 chasing 126 against Hampshire in the quarter-finals, but somehow collapsed to 123 all out.
"It was great to see other players step up with bat and ball in Dan's absence last season, and the team was really well led by Steven Mullaney," Peter Moores, Notts' head coach, said. "To now have the chance to re-add a player of Dan's presence and quality to that group is exciting and, come the start of the Blast in late-May, we'll be raring to go and confident of a successful campaign.
"Dan's ability, desire and passion have made him a key part of our club since his arrival in 2015, and we can't wait to have him back with us. He's a match-winner in his own right, and a terrific leader and example to everyone in our dressing room."
Christian said: "I've had great times in Nottingham over a number of years. We've seen some great improvements in individuals throughout that time, won a couple of comps, and Notts is a club that's overall fantastic to be part of.
"It's really exciting to be returning to a place where I've made so many great memories on and off the field, and I'm looking forward to playing in front of packed houses at Trent Bridge again too. My philosophy will remain the same for 2022 - to back our ability and be positive. The ultimate aim is to get our hands back on that trophy in July."
Christian is Notts' third overseas player registered for the 2022 season, along with Paterson and his compatriot James Pattinson. Teams are allowed to register three overseas players at any one time, with a maximum of two in their starting XI in any given competition.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98