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Nottinghamshire have signed Australia all-rounder Dan Christian for the remainder of the Natwest T20 Blast as a replacement for West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy.
Even though Christian has not had much success with the bat in the 15 Twenty20 Internationals he has represented Australia in, he has made up for it by taking 11 wickets at an average of 28.18.
“I am thrilled to be joining Nottinghamshire,” Christian said. “When Mick got in touch to see if I was keen, I didn’t think twice and I jumped at the opportunity to come over.”
Christian has also played for Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Middlesex in the past, which is why Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket Mick Newell believes that he will be the perfect player to replace Sammy, who left to take part in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after a four-game stint.
“I keep saying that, particularly with international call-ups and injuries around, we need to be as strong as we can be,” Newell said. “So with an overseas vacancy available to us following Darren’s departure to the CPL, and knowing of Dan’s availability as we have for some time, it was an easy decision to bring him in.
“He’s someone that tends to score his runs quickly and he also provides a very good option with the ball, which you need plenty of in T20 cricket.
“Dan is a very aggressive and entertaining batsman to add to our line-up and also one that has lots of know-how in how to read the game and pace an innings.
“He also has lots of experience, particularly in Twenty20, and I know he’s very keen to pass that onto our young players which is important. Darren Sammy certainly did that and I’m sure Dan Christian will do likewise.”