Northants secure the signature of seam bowler Trent Copeland for the new season.
Trent Copeland, 26, has agreed to join Northamptonshire as one of the club’s overseas players.
The 6’4″ paceman will arrive in time for the first match of the County Championship season – which is against Glamorgan on 10 April.
Copeland will stay at the club until 8 June and Northants will be hoping he can bring some international experience with him.
The bowler played three Test for Australia, against Sri Lanka in 2011. He had a steady performance on that tour, taking six Sri Lankan wickets at a cost of 37 runs each.
Despite a relatively good start to Copeland’s international career, it is considered unlikely that he will feature in this summer’s Ashes tour with England. Bowlers such as Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird and James Pattinson – who is starting against India on Friday – have been tried by the selectors since Copeland played.
Although Copeland is a fringe player for the Australian national side, Northants insist he was their first choice.
“He was the first player we approached in October about becoming our overseas bowler,” Head coach David Ripley told the club’s website.
Copeland can play in seven County Championship matches and six CB40 games, before his contract expires and he returns to Australia at the start of June.