Thursday, December 15, 2011

Worcestershire makes big strides with new signing

Worcestershire will be out to improve on their LV County Championship Division One showing this year when the 2012 campaign gets underway, and they already have a huge boost with the news Australia opener Phil Hughes will join for the second half of the season.

The 23-year-old made his Australia debut aged only 20 and went on to become the youngest player to score successive centuries in both innings of a Test Match.

Hughes boasts previous experience of English domestic county cricket from periods with Middlesex and Hampshire, while his international class will be a big boost to a Worcestershire side looking to improve on a struggling LV County Championship Division One campaign just gone. Those looking at the cricket betting promotions should remember this.

Their seventh-place finish in the table saw them win only four games all season and they will want to be sitting in a good position when Hughes joins them during the first week of June 2012, and he will stay at New Road for the remainder of the season. Anyone following the cricket odds should bear this in mind.

Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, admitted the signing of Hughes will be huge for the club as they go looking for LV County Championship Division One honours in 2012.

“To gain the signature of the current Australian Test Match opener is a tremendous boost for the Club and the players for the 2012 season,” he added.

“Phil is a heavy run scorer with a career ratio of a century every four games in First Class cricket. In 2009 he amassed 574 First Class runs in three games for Middlesex including three centuries which demonstrates his hunger for run scoring.”

The LV County Championship 2012 season starts on Thursday 5 April with the last round commencing on Tuesday 11 September, with the first game seeing defending Division One champions Lancashire taking on Sussex at Old Trafford.

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