Vitality T20 Blast 2022: Durham signs Andrew Tye as a replacement for injured Ashton Turner

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Vitality T20 Blast 2022: Durham signs Andrew Tye as a replacement for injured Ashton Turner

The Durham squad have signed in Andrew Tye, the Australian pacer for the remaining of the Vitality Blast 2022 after their T20 Captain, Ashton Turner suffered a shoulder injury.

Turner was forced to retire hurt during Durham’s fixture against Northamptonshire on Friday night, his second match as the Captain, after hurting his left shoulder while diving to take a catch. The club informed through its statement that Turner has “begun a process of rehabilitation”  with their medical team & will be regularly assessed to check whether he could make it for the later stages of group stages of the Vitality Blast.

Andrew Tye who is Turner’s Perth Scorchers team-mate is by no means a like-for-like replacement for Turner but his inclusion will surely bolster theri bowling attack that has conceded 9.42 runs an over across theri opening three matches of the current season. Matthew Potts who will make his Test debut on Thursday with two-match Test series against New Zealand will be a big miss in the squad.

Tye will play his first fixture for Durham against Worcestershire on Wednesday night. “There are still lots of games to play and having lost Ashton Turner to injury we were keen to act quickly on a replacement,” Marcus North, Durham’s director of cricket, said.

Tye has played several seasons of franchise cricket for Chester-le-Street & had also appeared for Durham’s second XI. He had last featured in the T20 Blast for Gloucestershire, where he played in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Counties are allowed to register three overseas players but can pick only two of them for a single game.

Durham who already have David Bedingham on their list might miss out if Turner & Tye both will be available for the later stage in the group stages. Liam Trevaskis who has captained Durham in Sunday’s fixture against Birmingham Bears is expected to continue in the role.

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