Astle to replace Mike Hussey at Durham

Published: Saturday, April 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:English County Durham have signed New Zealand all-rounder Nathan Astle to replace captain Mike Hussey on a short-term contract while the Australian is on international duty this summer.

Astle, who has previously played for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, will join Durham in June when Hussey is scheduled to be helping Australia take on England and Bangladesh in a series of One-day Internationals.

"It's great to have someone of Nathan's ability joining the club, especially during our busy Twenty20 Cup period," said Durham coach Martyn Moxon.

Durham, who opened their 2005 season with wins in their first two County Championship matches, will also likely lose fast bowler Stephen Harmison and all-rounder Paul Collingwood to England for the NatWest internationals.

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