When medical tests revealed that Shoaib Akhtar would be unable to play for the County in 2000, Paul Reiffel, the Australian Test bowler was engaged as a replacement.
He arrived in England in mid-June and was immediately drafted into the side to oppose Middlesex in the NatWest Trophy match – Nottinghamshire were overwhelmed by Langer. Three days later Reiffel took his first wicket for Notts in the National League game against Essex, which Notts won.
Considering the lateness of his arrival, his overall record for the County was an impressive one.
In all competitive matches he took 29 wickets at 29.68 and scored 335 runs at 41.87. His best Championship game was against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge, when he scored 26* and 60*, as well as taking five for 62 in the first innings.
In the NCL games he returned an analysis of 7-3-8-3 v Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.
This was the second time Notts had to engage an overseas player as a late replacement- the first was Astle.