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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 09:13 GMT
Notts recruit Elworthy
Steve Elworthy
Elworthy had a spell with Lancashire in 1996
Nottinghamshire have signed South African Steve Elworthy to provide cover for their overseas players this summer.

The 38-year-old fast bowler will spend six weeks with the club while Stuart MacGill and Chris Cairns fulfil international commitments for Australia and New Zealand.

Elworthy made his Test debut at Trent Bridge in 1998, the first of four appearances for South Africa, which brought him 13 wickets, and he has also played 39 one-day internationals.

"I had been in touch with an agent in England who I'd asked to put a few feelers out to see if there was anything available and I thought the chance had gone when this came completely out of the blue.

"I have a lot of connections with Notts having played with Jason Gallian at Lancashire, Greg Smith for Northern Transvaal and even new signing Russell Warren when I had a trial at Northants.

Elworthy has picked up 474 first-class wickets during a career stretching back to 1987-88.

"We felt it was important to have an experienced replacement for that stage of the season," said Notts manager Mick Newell.

"Steve is obviously a high quality seam bowler who could, and perhaps should, have played many more times for his country than he actually has.

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