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Nannes joins Glamorgan for T20
By Richard Thomas
Glamorgan have recruited Australian Dirk Nannes as their second oversea player for the Friends Life T20 campaign.
Nannes will take over the overseas spot filled by Sean Marsh who had been touted for a possible return in 2013.
The 36-year-old left-arm seamer has a stand out reputation in the shorter form of the game, having also played 15 T20 internationals for Australia.
He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies with a haul of 14 wickets at just 13 runs apiece. He has also represented Holland – the country of birth of his parents.
Nannes already has extensive experience of T20 cricket in the UK having played for Middlesex (2008), Nottinghamshire (2010) and Surrey (2011-12).
“I really enjoy T20 cricket and I’ve enjoyed spells in county cricket with English teams before and around the world,” said Nannes.
“I am looking forward to coming over to Wales and playing for Glamorgan this summer.
“ I’d like to think I can share my experience with the lads and be someone who can take crucial wickets for the team.”
Glamorgan’s Head of Elite Performance, Matthew Mott, believes Nannes will be a real asset at the end of innings.
"We’re really pleased to welcome Dirk to Glamorgan. He was on the radar for a number clubs and we are very happy to have secured his signature,” said Mott.
“We were looking for a strike and death bowler because they are like gold dust in T20 cricket.
“Dirk is vastly experienced in this format and a proven performer. With his experience of the competitions across the world he will also provide a great deal of firepower and intimidation to our bowling unit.
“He is still one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket and I am sure he will excite the Welsh public when he comes tearing in for Glamorgan.
“Dirk has also expressed he would love to be involved with the club and utilise our facilities throughout the year at the Swalec. This will invaluable for our bowling group to tap into his vast experience and see how he prepares in the short format."
In the last few years Nannes has become a Twenty20 specialist having played worldwide for Victoria, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder in Australia, Canterbury in New Zealand, the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, as well as stints in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
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