“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories,” Ashwin told the club’s website.
“I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It’s a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can’t wait to get started.”
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Ashwin is India’s fourth highest Test wicket-taker of all time, with 342 wickets to his name in 65 matches.
With the bat he averages 29.14 and has scored four Test match centuries.
“With the greatest respect and I mean this in the proper way,” the talkSPORT host said. “Is Alex Hales thick?”
ECB chief Ashley Giles insists the withdrawal does not mark the end of Hales’ England career.
“We have thought long and hard about this decision,” added Giles, the ECB’s managing director of England men’s cricket.
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“We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.
“The ECB and the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”
Alex Hales has followed England team-mate Adil Rashid in turning his back on first-class cricket after signing a new white-ball contract with Nottinghamshire through to the end of the 2019 season.
Rashid caused a stir last week when he announced his intention to play in the limited-overs formats only for Yorkshire this year, while Hales has gone one step further as his next two seasons with Nottinghamshire will encompass solely the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast.
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