Nottinghamshire have moved to bolster their batting line-up for next season by signing Hampshire and England opener Michael Lumb on a three-year deal.
The hard-hitting left-hander decided against renewing his contract at Hampshire following an official approach by the Trent Bridge side.
His capture is a timely boost to director of cricket Mick Newell, who saw his side knocked out of the Friends Life t20 quarter-final by Somerset on Sunday August 7.
He said: “We’re delighted that Michael has agreed to join us and the meetings that we’ve had with him have been very constructive in terms of our respective ambitions and the role he sees himself playing in fulfilling them
“We have been in the market for a proven batsman and we believe that he has the pedigree and the drive to improve our standing in all formats.”
South African-born Lumb, 31, has a developed a reputation as a dangerous limited-overs batsman in recent years.
But Notts will be hoping he can deliver in the longer game too, after struggling to regain the form that earned them the Division One title on the final day of the 2010 season.
Newell has experimented with eight different opening partnerships in 12 County Championship matches – and is still waiting for one to produce a century stand in the first innings.
The team has hit 250 runs or more in the first innings on only five occasions and has been bowled out for less than 200 four times.
They currently lie fifth in the table after playing a game more than their nearest competitors, with only three teams having accumulated fewer batting points.
Lumb followed in the footsteps of his father Richard by beginning his career at Yorkshire, hitting 66 not out against the touring Zimbabweans on debut.
He turned down a new deal to remain at Headingley at the end of the 2006 season and moved to the Rose Bowl instead, and is now excited by the prospect of taking up the cudgels for his third county.
“I’ve enjoyed five great seasons with Hampshire and it has been a real pleasure to have won two limited-overs trophies,” he said.
“However, I feel that now is the right time to make a fresh start at a new club and I’m pleased to be offered the opportunity to play for Nottinghamshire. It’s a challenge and one I’m looking forward to.”
Lumb, who is currently out with an ankle injury, has made seven Twenty20 appearances for England and helped them to win the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in 2010.
He has also played in the IPL tournament in India for the last two seasons and is likely to be unavailable for Notts in their opening matches next season.
A spokesman for the county said they were hopeful of making further additions to the squad next week, with the signing of a new overseas player for 2012 imminent.