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On the eve of the new season Australian seamer Doug Bollinger hopes his experience will help the Kent squad become winners.
The 32-year-old left-arm seamer arrived in the UK on Wednesday after agreeing a deal to be the club’s overseas player for 2014 and revealed on Thursday morning: “I am absolutely excited to be here.”
Bollinger was an unused reserve during England’s recent Ashes tour Down Under but ever-present in Australia’s ICC t20 campaign in Bangladesh earlier this month.
At his unveiling at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Thursday morning, Bollinger revealed: “The guys have been fantastic and were very welcoming when I got here during the practice match on Wednesday.
“It looks a fantastic place to be and I’m looking forward to getting started on Sunday, it should be good fun.”
Weather-permitting, Kent will begin their campaign at Worcestershire, the club where Bollinger spent an ill-fated 2007 season, claiming 16 Championship wickets at an average of 44.
He said: “Worcester will be good, it’s a good ground, I’ve not been there in a while. I am looking forward to it, hopefully we can go there, get a win and start well.”
He added: “I can’t wait and the guys are ready to go. They had a good practice game here this week with a couple of hundreds and a few wickets - that’s all you can ask for.”
Bollinger confirmed Kent skipper Rob Key had invited him to sign via text message around Christmas.
He added: “Keysey just said it would be a good opportunity and they were exited to have me over. It was simple as that. It was not a hard decision, it’s a wonderful opportunity for me.
“After I signed I spoke to Mitch Claydon, who I have known for a very long time, but before that I just spoke to Jimmy Adams and Keysey about what’s going on here. They were both very good, very professional and old school, and I like that.
“They didn’t sell me anything, they just said come over, have a good time and teach our young guys some bowling - which I think is a wonderful thing to try and do - plus take some wickets.
“That’s why I’m here. I want to help the younger guys and take as many wickets as I can and try and win some games. I want to win. I want to be a winner.”
Bollinger has 50 Test wickets at an average of under 26 in 12 appearances and is fresh from a successful Sheffield Shield campaign for NSW, while he also played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash t20 competition.
His performances earned him a place in the Australian side for the ICC World t20 in Bangladesh, where he took a wicket in each of his side’s four games.
The paceman will be eligible for the whole LV= County Championship, Division 2 programme as well as the t20 and 50-over campaigns and said: “One of the attractions was that I am here for the whole thing. It’s good to be available for every format, I just want to get out there and take wickets in whatever format.”
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