West Indies bowler joins Hampshire

Fidel Edwards will boost the Hampshire bowling attack next season.
Fidel Edwards will boost the Hampshire bowling attack next season.
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Hampshire have signed Fidel Edwards for a two-month stint towards the end of their 2015 campaign.

The West Indies fast bowler will provide a major boost to the bowling department, which some have felt looked short this season.

I’m delighted to have signed for such an ambitious club as Hampshire

Fidel Edwards

The 33-year old joins as a Kolpak player and does not count as an overseas addition.

But Edwards will effectively replace Australian Jackson Bird, who is available for the first three months of the season before he departs for other commitments.

Hampshire director of cricket, Giles White said: ‘Fidel is a good option for us – he arrives ahead of the Royal London One-Day Cup and should give our attack variety, which we feel is key in the 50-over format.

‘His stay will also extend to Championship cricket and he will be available until the end of the season.’

Edwards is due to arrive at the Ageas Bowl in time for Hampshire’s opening Royal London One-Day Cup match against the Sussex Sharks on Monday, July 27.

And he should be a useful addition to the side at a vital time in the season.

His arrival should certainly add to the 50-over hopes and there is plenty of room for improvement in that department after Hampshire’s dismal Royal London One-Day Cup campaign last summer.

But the Barbados-born pace bowler clearly knows his history and is keen to follow in the footsteps of some former Hampshire greats.

Edwards said: ‘I’m delighted to have signed for such an ambitious club as Hampshire.

‘I hope I can play a part in helping to bring success to the Ageas Bowl this year.

‘I’m very much looking forward to my first taste of county cricket.

‘It’s also an honour to follow other Bajans like Malcolm Marshall and Gordon Greenidge to Hampshire.’

Edwards has played 55 Test matches and taken 165 wickets at an average of 37.87.

He also has a good record in 50 one-day internationals with 60 wickets at an average of 30.20.