General News | 8th July 2008
VVS Laxman To Join Notts
Indian batsman VVS Laxman will join Nottinghamshire in August as a replacement for Adam Voges.
Laxman became Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2002 and has scored 12 Test hundreds including a career best 281 against Australia in 2001.
He captained Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League and appeared briefly for Lancashire last season.
“I’ve heard lots of great things about Nottinghamshire and I’m really looking forward to playing there at the end of the season,” said Laxman, who scored 54 against England in India’s 7-wicket victory at Trent Bridge last July.
“Hopefully it will be a successful time for the Club and I can make a positive impact.
“I’ve played at Trent Bridge a few times and want to score a lot of runs for the team.”
Voges will make his final appearance in the LV County Championship game against Durham beginning on Tuesday 12 August before returning to Australia.
David Hussey was expected to return to Notts after his international commitments but he will play no part for the county this season after being instructed to rest by Cricket Australia.
“Laxman is a world class player and he doesn’t play one day cricket for India so he can commit to us at a time when a lot of players will be involved in international tournaments,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“He is an accomplished international batsman with excellent footwork and he reads spin very well. He is a big name and we’re pleased that he has agreed to join us.”
Laxman scored two centuries and two half-centuries in his five LV County Championship games for Lancashire last season.
He will make his Nottinghamshire debut against Sussex at Hove on Wednesday 27 August.