• Kepler’s son swaps counties

    Former South African captain Kepler Wessels’ son, Riki, has left Nottinghamshire for Worcestershire. 

    Wessels junior spent seven seasons at Nottinghamshire – and has signed a three-year contract with Worcestershire.

    He was born in Australia – and obtained British citizenship two years ago.

    ‘Leaving Nottinghamshire was a difficult decision to make,’ said Wessels.

    ‘I’ve spent eight years at Trent Bridge and enjoyed being part of successful teams that challenged for trophies but now is the right time for me to make a change.

    ‘Worcestershire will provide a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to starting another chapter of my career at a club that I have a lot of admiration for.’

    The hard-hitting right-hander struck an 18-delivery 55, which featured nine sixes, for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire in the Vitality T20 Blast in August. Wessels was particularly severe on seamer Wayne Parnell, who will be a team-mate next season.

    Former Proteas cricketer Parnell effectively ended a 10-year international career by signing a Kolpak contract – and permanently joining Worcestershire – earlier this year.

    ‘I am comfortable with where I’m at and what I’m doing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Worcestershire since joining up with them and I’m excited about my future with them,’ said Parnell.

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