Northamptonshire have signed Australia batsman Cameron White as their second overseas player for this season’s Friends Life t20 competition.
The 28-year-old, who played for Somerset in 2006 and 2007, was targeted by Northamptonshire last month but has now agreed a short-term contract which has been funded by external benefactors.
White will share Northamptonshire’s Twenty20 overseas duties with former Sri Lanka all-rounder Chaminda Vaas who has been re-signed for the full season.
“This is an important signing for our Friends Life t20 campaign, where Cameron will be able to add huge amounts of firepower to our middle order batting,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.
“Cameron comes to the County Ground with a proven track record, both internationally and domestically, in the shorter forms of the game and he has the ability to find the boundaries, as seen by the fact he has scored t20 centuries.”
White was captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side until he was dropped for the two-match series against India earlier this year.
He has played 29 Twenty20 internationals, 87 one-day internationals and four Tests as well as appearing for the Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
“As a former captain of Australia in this format of the game and with Champions League and IPL experience, Cameron will bring a wealth of international experience to our t20 squad,” said Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith.
“This signing would not have been possible without the help of external benefactors, and we would like to place on record our appreciation to them once again.”
Northamptonshire made a small profit last year but are expecting more challenging trading conditions this year and had already secured sponsorship for the signing of South African slow left-armer Con de Lange to strengthen their spin department.