Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ajantha Mendis joins Hampshire

Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis will join Hampshire as their overseas player for the 2010 season.

The 24-year-old, who has taken 39 wickets in just eight Test matches since making his debut last year, will replace Pakistani spinner Imran Tahir.

Chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "Mendis is the most exciting new bowler to explode onto the world stage since Shane Warne.

"We are pleased he's joined us over other counties."

Tahir will rejoin the county in 2011 pending international commitments.

Mendis bowls a mixture of googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers, leg-breaks and the 'carrom ball', which he releases with a flick of his middle finger. Continued..