Durham sign up the Duke

  • Last Updated: March 17 2014, 12:01 GMT

County champion Durham have signed Australian John Hastings as their overseas player for the 2014 campaign.

John Hastings: Will play for Durham this season
John Hastings: Will play for Durham this season

Hastings, known as 'The Duke' will join up with the North East county following his commitments in the Indian Premier League with the Chennai Superkings.

A strong bowling all-rounder, Hastings will give some real experience with the ball, bring firepower to the lower order with the bat and will become a real asset in all forms of the game.

The 28-year-old also has international experience, making his Australia debut in 2010 and having played in 11 one-day Internationals, three international Twenty20s and has his baggy green after playing a Test for Australia against South Africa in 2012.

Despite coming through the New South Wales coaching system, Hastings moved to Victoria and made his First Class debut in 2007. He boasts some impressive stats in First Class cricket with 119 wickets for Victoria at only 26.00 and has represented Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.

Hastings will be available in all forms of cricket until the end of the 2014 season and will be wearing the number two shirt when he makes his Jets debut in the NatWest T20 Blast.

First team coach Jon Lewis said: "We are excited about the arrival of John. He is skilful with the ball and can also contribute well with the bat. He will be a strong addition with the red and white ball and we look forward to welcoming him to Durham."

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