Spin bowler Con de Lange relishing his Northants test

Con de Lange

Northants bowler Con de Lange hopes to learn from fellow South African players and become successful at Wantage Road.

The 31-year-old played club cricket for Blackpool last season, but has otherwise spent his career in his native South Africa.

De Lange told BBC Northampton: "I've played against [captain] Andrew Hall quite a lot back home, and Nicky Boje.

"I've also played with Johannes van der Wath, so it's quite a few guys I've spoken to and who've given me advice."

"I've been been fortunate to play a bit of club cricket in the UK but this is my first shot at county championship cricket," de Lange added.

"I'm really looking forward to it."

The left-arm spinner took 175 wickets in spells with Boland, Cape Cobras and Eagles in South Africa and joined Northants in February.

"There's quite a few South Africans who've come over here in the past, and they say it's a nice level and standard to play at.

"I was slightly nervous leading into the [Northants] trials, and that's quite weird after playing 12 years of first class cricket.

"But after the first net, I felt very confident. It's a nice set-up and I got on well with [head coach] David Capel which makes it easier.

"The guys are nice and friendly but it's during the season, when it really counts, that I'll see how close the guys are."