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Northants borrow Rossington

Northamptonshire have announced the signing of young batsman Adam Rossington on loan from Middlesex.

The 21-year-old, who is also an accomplished wicketkeeper, will spend the next month at the County Ground and will be available in all three domestic formats of the game.

Rossington has scored only 25 runs in three County Championship matches this season, although he is averaging over 46 in the Royal London One-Day Cup with a top score of 79.

Northants' batting line-up has been depleted by injuries to David Sales, Rob Keogh and Rob Newton, and coach David Ripley is confident that Rossington will provide quality cover.

Ripley said: "We currently have some batting injuries, Sales, Keogh and Newton all out, especially as Sales and Keogh will be out for a decent length of time.

"We decided it is important to reinforce our batting depth. Adam has good experience in all formats and we are delighted that he has agreed to join us for the next month.

\"We would also like to thank Middlesex for agreeing to release Adam to us."

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser insisted the loan deal was beneficial to both counties.

He added: \"Adam is a talented young cricketer who is ready to play first XI cricket.

\"At Middlesex we have been unable to give him the opportunity and are happy for him to get the experience he needs elsewhere.

\"The club has reserved the right to recall him back should we require his services. We look forward to welcoming him back to the Middlesex fold when his time at Northants finishes.\"