Red Rose swoop

James Faulkner is joining Lancashire
James Faulkner is joining Lancashire
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Lancashire have signed Australia all-rounder James Faulkner as their overseas player for the bulk of this summer.

Faulkner will arrive after his Indian Premier League commitments to replace compatriot Peter Siddle, who will play in the Red Rose’s first four County Championship matches before joining the Australia squad.

Faulkner was named man of the match as his country beat New Zealand to win the World Cup last month, taking three for 36 to help bowl the Black Caps out for 183 in a seven-wicket victory.

He said: “Lancashire is a huge county with a fine history in the game and I am looking forward to joining the squad next month.

“Playing in English conditions will benefit my career and I cannot wait to work with Ashley (Giles) and the rest of the team.”

Lancashire head coach Giles added: “James is a world-class cricketer and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to Lancashire.

“While he is better known at the moment for his performances in white ball cricket his record in first-class cricket is fantastic.

“Having James available for all cricket is a real boost for the club and I’m certain all Lancashire cricket fans will be delighted at the prospect of watching him play at Emirates Old Trafford this season.”