Published: 00:00, 10 April 2014 |
Updated: 14:24, 10 April 2014
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.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.