Crook returns for second stint with County

Northamptonshire have signed Steven Crook from Middlesex.

The Australian-born all-rounder, who played for the County from 2006-2009, has agreed to a two-year contract after Middlesex agreed to release him with a year remaining on his contract.

Crook, had been on the club’s radar for a while but it took the move of James Harris from Glamorgan to the capital to move things along.

With an improvement in the one-day game a stated priority, Crook’s signing is primarily with regard to attempting to achieve this aim but chief executive David Smith believes the new addition will offer more than that.

He said: “Steven is the kind of multi-dimensional cricketer we need.

“It’s been well-documented that we have to improve our white ball cricket and Steven will certainly help us in that regard.

“But with Jack (Brooks) going we needed reinforcements in the bowling and he will get opportunities in the four-day game.

“He had fitness problems the last time he was here but he’s improved a lot there and if we can keep him fit then he’s got a lot to offer.”