Worcestershire hand one-year deal to Australia-born Michael Johnson
Worcestershire have signed Australia-born wicket-keeper Michael Johnson, who will not count as an overseas player.
Last Updated: 20/12/12 3:06pm
The 24-year-old, who holds a UK passport and will not count as an overseas player, has signed a deal for the 2013 season.
And despite his absence from first-class cricket since November 2011, the former Western Australia player is seen as immediate competition for Ben Cox.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Michael comes to New Road as a ready-made first-team player, having served his apprenticeship with Western Australia as a contracted player from a young age.
"At 24, he has plenty of years ahead of him. He also brings captaincy experience and run-scoring ability from playing grade cricket for the successful Scarborough CC in the WACA grade competition.
"I am looking forward with interest to the healthy scrap for the gloves with Ben Cox."
Johnson said: "I am very much looking forward to working closely with Steve Rhodes and the rest of the squad.
"I hope to be a part of the developing team that brings success to New Road. I can't wait to get started."