New Lancashire captain Tom Smith believes the club’s acquisition of Aussie all-rounder James Faulkner could have a profound effect of the outcome of their season.
Faulkner, who was man of the match in his country’s recent World Cup final triumph, comes in as cover for Peter Siddle after the fast bowler was called up to the Australian Ashes squad.
The 24-year-old will join up with the Red Rose at the end of his stint with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and will be available to play all forms of county cricket until he joins the Aussie ODI squad at the end of August.
“The signing of James will be massive for us,” said Smith.
“He’s an impact player, whenever he plays he makes a difference. You don’t often get on overseas player available for the amount of time so we are very lucky.
“He performs on all stages whether it is four-day cricket or one-day cricket, so I think he will be great asset for us throughout the season.
“Last year the Royal London One Day Cup didn’t go quite as planned but it’s a competition that we want to do well in and hopefully with the addition of Faulkner, who’s got a lot of experience in that format of the game, we can do better this time around.”
Faulkner has averaged 42.84 in his 44 ODI appearances as well as taking 60 wickets at 30.25. Despite averaging just short of 52 in 4-day cricket, the Aussie is yet to reach three figures in the longer format.