Aaron signing boosts Durham for run-in

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INDIAN paceman Varon Aaron will pep up Durham’s survival push in the final two LV County Championship matches of the season.

Aaron will replace Australian John Hastings as the club’s overseas player for the closing stages of the campaign – games against bottom club Northamptonshire and Warwickshire – with Hastings having been called up to represent Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League Twenty20.

Aaron is currently in the middle of a 10-day fast bowling training programme under the guidance of Aussie legend Glenn McGrath, but will fly to England next week to link up with his new team-mates in time for the clash with Northamptonshire at Emirates Durham ICG.

“It’s an honour for me to play for Durham” said the 24-year-old.

“I’ve always wanted to play county cricket in the UK and am looking to play next season.

“However, I am happy that the opportunity has come sooner and I look forward to joining the rest of the team.”

Durham head coach Jon Lewis added: “He’s obviously got some good pace and he’s young and keen. He didn’t start the series (against England) and came into it halfway through and made an impact because he brought genuine pace to their attack, which they didn’t really have early on. I’m sure Stuart Broad remembers him!

“It bolsters our seam attack as we are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. The plan is that he’ll join us at Lord’s and spend a bit of time with us and that’ll give him a few days to get ready for the first game.

“We’re excited to have him onboard.”