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Rob Quiney signs contract with Essex

Akshay Kumar
Modified 23 Jan 2013

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Australia’s aggressive opener Rob Quiney signed contract with Essex for the first half of the season. He’s been a great batsman for Australia and he also played some magical innings for Mumbai Indians, which suggests that he’s capable of performing overseas. He has been the go-to man in crisis for Mumbai Indians and now Essex’s batting is strengthened at the top with the inclusion of Quiney.

He’ll be playing his first overseas first class cricket. He was also delighted to play for Essex. “I am delighted to have signed to play for Essex this summer,” Quiney said. “The 2012-13 season has been an amazing one for me, fulfilling my ambition of playing international cricket and I am now able to achieve one of my other major cricketing ambitions by playing county cricket.

“Having spoken to Paul Grayson (Essex coach), I am very excited about the plans for Essex this season and I look forward to helping our drive to securing silverware in 2013.”

His inclusion strengthens the top order and provides a valuable experience to the team. Many young players of Essex, can learn from him a lot and perhaps his presence would indeed be a great boost to the team. They perhaps will miss Alviro Petersen in the next season and Billy Godleman. He, therefore, is most critical player for Essex and can guide other players as well to shine in the season.

Essex Coach, however, would like to retain Quiney for the entire season. “We’ll revisit the situation after the T20 because obviously Australia are touring over here and he wants to try and make a big impression with them. I’ve met Rob and spoken to him a few times, he’s a quality player and a very good man who comes highly recommended from some good people that we know.

“He’s desperate to play county cricket which is great for us and he comes across as an extremely good team player as well and we are delighted to bring him to the club. It’s an exciting signing and I’m sure he will have a positive impact on the team.”

Published 23 Jan 2013, 21:10 IST
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