Credit: Lancashire Cricket

Lancashire Lightning have announced the signing of all-rounder James Faulkner for the 2020 Vitality T20 Blast.

The Australian returns to Old Trafford for his fourth season with the club, having previously featured in the Blast-winning season in 2015 as well as spells in 2018 and 2019.

He has featured in a total of 40 T20 fixtures for the club across those spells, taking 56 wickets at an average of 17.53 and recording 461 runs.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Emirates Old Trafford for next season’s Vitality Blast. It feels like a home away from home for me and I cannot wait to get started again in May,” said Faulkner.

“We were unlucky not to progress past the quarter-finals last year and we are all determined to put that right in 2020. We will be going all out to repeat the success of 2015, which remains one of the proudest memories in my cricketing career.

“Emirates Old Trafford is an amazing place to play cricket and I can’t wait to reunite with the squad next summer. I’m determined to win the Vitality Blast trophy back for the Club.”

Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allot expressed his delight at the Australian’s return to the club and expects him to have a big impact in the competition.

He said: “James is a fantastic, well-rounded cricketer of significant experience and we are delighted to welcome him back to Emirates Old Trafford for a fourth season in 2020.

“He is the very definition of an all-rounder. He can bowl in any situation, which he has done successfully for us at both the beginning and back end of an innings, and is still a powerful batsman, not to mention his outstanding ability in the field too.

“His enthusiasm in representing the Red Rose is evident and he has established himself as a key figure in our T20 side. He is a proven winner and a great role model for the younger players.”

Lancashire kick-off their 2020 Blast campaign against the Northants Steelbacks at Liverpool Cricket Club on May 29.

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