Paul Terry delighted as son Sean joins Hampshire

Paul Terry
Terry played two Tests for England

Former Hampshire batsman and manager Paul Terry is delighted that his son, Sean, is joining the county on a two-year development contract.

Terry Jr impressed in five second XI appearances for Hampshire in 2011, scoring three 50s and one century.

"I think he will come on really strongly in the next couple of years," former England international Terry Sr told BBC Radio Solent.

Hampshire have also handed contracts to Adam Rouse and Tim Ravenscroft.

The 20-year-old batsman has much to live up to, with his father having played two Test matches and scored more than 16,000 runs for Hampshire in a 19-year career before having a six-year spell as the club's manager from 2002 to 2008.

In addition to his second-XI success last season, Terry Jr also represented the MCC Young Cricketers - even scoring 91 against Hampshire in a Twenty20 game, and 70 in a Second XI Trophy game on the Isle of Wight.

Raised in Perth, Australia, he also plays for Melville Cricket Club, where fellow Hampshire players Dimitri Mascarenhas, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Hamza Riazuddin and David Balcombe have all plied their trade.

He has also represented Western Australia at junior levels as well as Hampshire age group sides in previous years.

"He has a foot in the door and has two years of hard work ahead but I'm thrilled for him," added Terry Sr.

"It's hard to say how good he can be.

"He has never really had this type of opportunity before. He has found his way as an opening batsman and being around good players in that sort of environment will be good for him.

"He has the passion for it and hopefully he can take the next step as quickly as he can because his aim is to play first-class cricket."

And Terry Sr says he may pay a visit to Hampshire next year - but not just to watch cricket.

"We'll see how it goes," he said.

"Maybe we might come over next summer because he will be 21 but I'm not sure I would want to come over just to watch two or three weeks of cricket because you never know what might happen. It could rain for two or three weeks!"

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