Bowler retires from County Championship cricket to focus on shorter formats

Last Updated: 22/03/19 5:24 pm

Harry Gurney helped Nottinghamshire clinch a white-ball double in 2017

Harry Gurney helped Nottinghamshire clinch a white-ball double in 2017

Seamer Harry Gurney will play only white-ball cricket for Nottinghamshire after signing a limited-overs deal.

The 32-year-old, capped 12 times by England, has finished his career after taking 310 wickets in 103 matches and will now focus on the shorter formats of the game.

Gurney has already won a hit on the domestic Twenty20 franchise circuit, helping Melbourne Renegades and Quetta Gladiators to glory in Australia's Big Bash League the Pakistan Super League respectively this winter.

Ahead of embarking upon his first season in the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gurney said: "I am very proud of what I have achieved in red-ball cricket, but now feels like the right time to focus solely on one- day competitions.

"I am grateful to the club for understanding and giving me a deal until the end of 2020.

"I can not imagine playing my cricket anywhere else in England and I hope I can taste more white-ball success with this exciting group of players."

Gurney, who has taken more than two other bowlers in the T20 Blast over the past two years, helped Nottinghamshire clinch a white-ball double in 2017.

His decision to forego red-ball cricket means Nottinghamshire has two players on their books who will not play in the County Championship, with England batsman Alex Hales also has limited-overs only deal.

Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: "While it's a disappointment that we will not be playing red-ball cricket for us anymore, we're really pleased to be cricket on the next two seasons.

"He's one of the best white-ball bowlers around." Once he made his decision, if we did not offer him a white-ball deal he would be 17 other counties wanting him to bowl for them.

"When he returns from the IPL, he'll have a concerted period of T20 cricket behind him and will continue to be an asset to us,"