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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Australian Law to play for Lancashire

Published: Friday, November 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Australia batsman Stuart Law will play English county cricket for Lancashire next season, the club announced on Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The 34-year-old Queensland captain has been a prolific run scorer here for Essex during the last five seasons but fell out with captain Ronnie Irani in the summer and was known to be keen to leave.Even so he still scored 1,311 first-class runs last season for Essex at an average of 65.55 including two centuries in one match against Lancashire.His arrival comes at an opportune moment for Lancashire with former England batsman John Crawley, relieved of the captaincy at the end of the season, saying he wants to leave Old Trafford.Law, who has played 54 One-day internationals, but only one Test for Australia, replaces off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan as Lancashire's overseas player. The Sri Lanka slow bowler is all set to be on international duty here during next summer's Test series against England.Law, who led Queensland to victory in the Sheffield Shield, Australia's domestic first-class competition, last season said, "I am looking forward to the season ahead new team, new ideas and loads of tradition at a place I have wanted to be."I would like to think that I have something on offer in advice, considering the success I have enjoyed at home in Queensland."Lancashire coach Mike Watkinson said, "I am delighted that Stuart has agreed to join Lancashire. He is a world-class player with a proven record in county cricket and has expressed an ambition to do well for the county."

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