Australian Sam Whiteman will join Northamptonshire for the majority of the 2023 season.

The 30-year-old has been a prolific run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield in recent seasons and now has nearly 5,000 first-class career runs to his name.

“I’m really excited to have signed with Northamptonshire for the 2023 season.” Whiteman said.

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to play first-class cricket in the UK so to get that opportunity for a large chunk of the campaign is really pleasing.

“I’m looking forward to joining up with my new teammates in April.” 

With ten centuries and an average approaching 40 in first-class cricket plus a career best 193 posted earlier this year, Head Coach John Sadler was delighted to add Whiteman to the top order.

“Sam comes very highly recommended and is someone we’ve watched closely in recent times.” Sadler said.

“I’m very confident that not only will he score plenty of runs, he’ll add value to us as a group in many ways both on and off the field.”

Whiteman Captains Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and led his side to the title at the beginning of the year.

Northamptonshire’s new Championship Captain Luke Procter was excited for what Whiteman could bring.

“I’m really looking forward to having Sam with us this season.” Procter said.

“He’s a quality bat but he’s also got that leadership experience with WA, they’re flying in the Shield so far so I’m sure he’ll bring a lot value on and off the field too.”

Whiteman links up with the squad ahead of the season and is available for selection in the LV= Insurance County Championship and One Day Cup until the end of August.