Stephen Peters expects Northamptonshire’s new recruits to have a positive impact in 2013.
Peters, who has taken over as club captain at Wantage Road, and new one-day skipper Alex Wakely will be able to call upon all-rounders Steven Crook and Matthew Spriegel this summer following their respective moves from Middlesex and Surrey.
Crook can be expected to settle quickly, having enjoyed a stint with Northamptonshire earlier in his career, while Spriegel has frequently demonstrated his worth in limited-overs cricket and is determined to prosper in the longer format.
Their arrivals offset the loss of Niall O’Brien, Jack Brooks and Chaminda Vaas, although Northants are still keen to add an overseas seamer to their ranks prior to the start of the season.
“We’ve lost a couple of guys and gained a couple of guys, so if we can pick up a good overseas seam bowler then I don’t think a lot has changed,” Peters told ecb.co.uk.
“We had Chaminda Vaas finish with us at the end of last season and to replace him with a quality overseas bowler would be fantastic if possible. It’s not that easy these days, but hopefully we’ll come up trumps with something.
“I don’t think it’s any secret - that’s what we would prefer. Obviously we lost Jack Brooks to Yorkshire, that’s a sizeable loss to us, but we also recruited Steven Crook back, which is good recruitment for us - he’s a top fella.”
The signing of Spriegel has also provided Peters with optimism.
“He’s an excellent addition for us,” added the experienced opener.
“Surrey were reluctant to let him leave. He’ll bring a lot of experience and quality to our one-day team and I know he is very passionate and strong-minded about playing more four-day cricket as well.
“Hopefully that will work out for him and for us. There are a couple of positives there with Crooky and Spriegs.
“With the mixture of the senior players we’ve got and the massive group of young players, that’s probably the thing that excites me most. I’ll try and feed off their energy.”
Article by Chris Devine for ecb.co.uk