Gurney has signed the extension till 2020 © Getty
Nottinghamshire fast-bowler Harry Gurney has retired from first-class cricket to deal with the restricted overs codecs, the county confirmed on Wednesday.
Gurney, who has arrived in India forward of this season’s IPL the place he’ll play for KKR, has been a latest hit on the T20 circuit and has turn out to be one of many foremost T20 bowlers on this planet. This winter, he has received the Large Bash with Melbourne Renegades in addition to the recently-concluded Pakistan Tremendous League with Quetta Gladiators, and he shall be hoping to make it three out of three with the Knight Riders.
Given this success, and that he was a relative unknown exterior England till this winter, it’s unsurprising he has taken the choice to focus additional on his white-ball expertise, maybe with a view to extending his profession to money in on extra T20 alternatives. As such, the 32 year-old left-arm seamer has signed a white-ball contract extension with Notts to stay on the county till the tip of 2020, taking part in solely 50-over and T20 cricket.
It’s a choice which ends a first-class profession spanning 103 matches. Gurney has not simply skilled white-ball excellence, however has additionally been a strong performer with the red-ball. He picked up 42 Championship wickets final season, together with profession greatest figures of 6 for 25 towards Lancashire, and finishes with an general first-class common of simply over 30.
“I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved in crimson ball cricket, however now looks like the best time to focus solely on one-day competitions,” stated Gurney. “I’m grateful to the Membership for understanding and for displaying religion in me by giving me a deal till the tip of 2020. I am unable to think about taking part in my cricket anyplace else in England and I hope I can style additional white-ball success with this thrilling group of gamers.”
Gurney, who has performed ten ODIs and two IT20s, joins England opener Alex Hales as a white-ball specialists at Notts, the continuation of a rising pattern all through the county sport as extra gamers resolve to focus their energies on the shortest format and the alternatives it may deliver.
It’s a blow for the county who’ve closely relied on Gurney as a key a part of their assault in Championship cricket of late. His expertise and consistency is not going to simply get replaced however at the very least Notts have added cowl, with extremely rated Zak Chappell having arrived from Leicestershire this winter to enrich the likes of Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher.
“Whereas it is a disappointment that Harry will not be taking part in crimson ball cricket for us anymore, we’re actually happy to have him dedicated to us for one-day cricket over the following two seasons,” stated Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“He is the most effective white ball bowlers round. As soon as he made his choice, if we did not provide him a white ball deal there could be 17 different counties wanting him to bowl for them. When he returns from the IPL, he’ll have had a concerted interval of T20 cricket behind him and can proceed to be an asset to us, as he has been for plenty of years.
“We now have younger bowlers able to step into the crimson ball staff and carry out within the likes of Luke Wooden, Zak Chappell and Paul Coughlin. Now they’re more likely to profit from extra alternatives.”