Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Legend Shiv in Durham Return; Test Superstar Signs on for Second Spell at Riverside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Legend Shiv in Durham Return; Test Superstar Signs on for Second Spell at Riverside

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Byline: Luke Edwards

DURHAM have announced the return of one of the world's best batsman to the Riverside next season after West Indian star Shivnarine Chanderpaul agreed to a second spell in English cricket.

The Journal revealed last weekend that Durham have secured the services of Australian opener Michael Di Venuto, as well as South African middle-order batsman Neil McKenzie for the new campaign. But the return of Chanderpaul is another major coup for the county and he will replace McKenzie - who will start the season - as the team's overseas player in July.

Durham have also signed another South African, Albie Morkel, who will play in the Twenty20 cup campaign, in between McKenzie's departure and Chanderpaul's arrival in June.

McKenzie, a right-handed batsman, recently played against Chanderpaul when he represented South Africa in the second Test against the West Indies. He has played 42 test matches and 59 oneday internationals, and has a firstclass batting average of 43.

Morkel, 26, is more of an unknown quantity but is regarded as a potentially world class all-rounder in his homeland and has previously played for Somerset in limited-overs cricket.

He has also proven to be a remarkable success in Twenty20 cricket, averaging more than 40 in last year's Twenty20 World Cup. But it is the return of two familiar faces from last season's successful campaign which will be warmly welcomed by Durham supporters.

Di Venuto, 34, has decided to retire from domestic cricket in Australia with Tasmania so that he can continue his Durham career. He will play under the Kolpak rule because he qualifies for an Italian passport and is no longer seen as an overseas player. He said: "It was a big step for me to announce my retirement from Australian domestic cricket, but I was keen to extend my time at Durham, especially after such a wonderful season last year. I'm delighted to be in a position to commit to the club for two more years, as it really is a wonderful club to be involved with and my first season here was definitely a happy one. I can't wait to get back to defend our Friends Provident Trophy title. …

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