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Ashton Turner joins Worcestershire for next year's T20 Blast
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Ashton Turner joins Worcestershire for next year's T20 Blast

Ashton Turner has bagged a contract with Worcestershire for the entire 2020 season of the T20 Blast.

Turner, who has represented Australia in 14 white-ball internationals, will be Worcestershire's second overseas player during the tournament joining New Zealander Hamish Rutherford.

The 26-year-old shot to prominence for his blistering 43-ball 84 amidst Australia's thrilling four-wicket win over India earlier this year but failed to book a spot in his side's World Cup squad.

Subsequently, he was signed by Rajasthan Royals for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League though he fared poorly in the competition.

Turner was recently in action in the T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home but could not get regular chances to showcase his batting talent owing to Australia's commandeering performance.

“We are very pleased to sign Ashton. He is a promising, young player which fits our profile and hopefully he will fit nicely into our set-up," Paul Pridgeon, Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chairman, was quoted as saying.

“He is a top-order batter, batting four or five at the moment in the Australian T20 side."

Having made his T20 debut back in 2013, Turner boasts a lot of experience in the format with 1,166 runs in 84 games at a strike rate of 136.

He was part of the Perth Scorchers squad during their Big Bash League-winning campaign in 2016-17.

“His stats stack up. We’ve seen footage of him and have done our homework – he looks a decent player. He is also a terrific fielder which helps, and is important in T20 cricket," Pridgeon added.

The Moeen Ali-led Worcestershire Rapids were within touching distance of defending their T20 Blast title in September as Essex beat them on the last delivery of the nerve-wracking final.