Worcestershire snap up Johnson
Worcestershire have signed Australian-raised wicketkeeper Michael Johnson ahead of their 2013 County Championship promotion bid.
The 24-year-old is a dual passport holder, and therefore qualifies as a local player under the England and Wales Cricket Board guidelines. Johnson is a former Australia Under-19 international, who has played 10 first-class matches for Western Australia - the last of which came 11 months ago.
I hope to be a part of the developing team that brings success to New Road, and can't wait to get started.Michael Johnson
Last season he represented Kent second XI, while he previously turned out for Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Somerset and Surrey's second teams in his desire to win a full-time deal somewhere.
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to play for Worcestershire," said Johnson, who will provide competition to Ben Cox behind the stumps. "I am very much looking forward to working closely with Steve Rhodes and the rest of the squad.
"I hope to be a part of the developing team that brings success to New Road, and can't wait to get started."
Steve Rhodes, the club's director of cricket, said: "Michael comes to New Road as a ready-made first-team player, having served his apprenticeship with Western Australia as a contracted player from a young age.
"At 24 he has plenty of years ahead of him. He also brings captaincy experience and run scoring ability from playing grade cricket for the successful Scarborough Cricket Club in the WACA grade competition.
"I am looking forward with interest to the healthy scrap for the gloves with Ben Cox."
Johnson will arrive in January to join up with his new team-mates, who are 1212/1 to win the Division Two title next summer.
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