Nottinghamshire sign wicketkeeper Riki Wessels

Riki Wessels
Wessels averaged 35 with the bat in his last season with Northants

Nottinghamshire have signed former Northants wicketkeeper Riki Wessels on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old Australian has received ECB clearance and is playing for Notts in their two-day friendly against Surrey, which started on Tuesday.

Director of cricket Mick Newell said: "He'll provide back-up for Chris Read as wicketkeeper.

"Beyond that, he's a one-day batting option and he'll be keen to break into the team on merit."

Wessels, the son of former South Africa and Australia batsman Kepler Wessels, spent five years with Northants and in 2009, his final season with the club, scored 804 first-class runs.

But after changes to immigration criteria, Wessels was forced to leave because he did not have the necessary working visa.

He has been playing in Africa in order to secure the visa that has enabled him to return to play in the UK.

"Paul Franks was my team-mate at Midwest Rhinos in Zimbabwe this winter and we became good friends even before it became clear that I'd be moving to Notts," said Wessels.

"I want to play as much as I can and I know that I will need to push hard to force my way into the Nottinghamshire team, especially in four-day cricket."

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