R Ashwin: India Test offspinner confirmed for County Championship stint with Nottinghamshire
R Ashwin will join Nottinghamshire for the second half of the County Championship season. © Getty

India Test specialist R Ashwin has been confirmed for a stint with Nottinghamshire for the second half of the ongoing County Championship season.

It was reported last week that the offspinner was primed for his second County stint – he played four matches for Worcestershire in 2017 – and on Thursday the club confirmed the news.

“We knew what we wanted to sign and that was a world-class bowler. Whether that was a fast or a slow bowler, we were prepared to look at all options,” said Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mike Newell.  “As it happens, we’ve signed a very good spinner, a very experienced spinner and one we hope can contribute with the bat as well.

“We’ve seen world-class slow bowlers have a huge match-winning effect in county cricket over many years. Ravi certainly has that potential – and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming him to the squad and letting him loose on our opposition.”

Ashwin, 32, will replace Australian fast bowler James Pattinson as Nottinghamshire’s overseas player. He is expected to arrive Trent Bridge in late June.

“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories,” he told the club’s website. “I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It’s a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can’t wait to get started.”

Ashwin is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 342 from 65 matches.

Rahane’s Test team-mate Ajinkya Rahane is the other active Indian cricket playing in the County Championship. On debut, Rahane scored 119 for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire.