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Chris Rushworth was full of praise for his new teammates having arrived at Edgbaston for winter testing.

The 36-year-old, who arrived from Durham last month, admits it was ‘very different’ having been a one-club man during a career in the north east that’s seen him claim 821 scalps across all formats.

Nevertheless, Rushworth – a former Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Season – is ready to settle in to a new dressing room that has some familiar faces.

“I think having played against most of the boys quite a bit and been on a few tours with one or two makes things a lot easier,” Rushworth said.

“It’s very different, but extremely exciting and the welcome has been fantastic. Turning up to a new ground where I’m used to being in the away dressing room, it did feel strange, but you look out on the field and what a great place to turn up to work. I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

Rushworth, who took his 600th first-class wicket this season, joins on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year depending on performances.

“I sat down with Robbo (Mark Robinson) a few weeks ago and once we had an initial chat straight away it was where I wanted to be,” Rushworth concluded.

“To win that Championship in 2021 and then have that incredible game of cricket at the end of last year, it showed there’s a team with some fight, some heart, as well as some young talent coming through.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting few years here. There are some great players with some exciting youngsters coming through, and I think there’s a nice blend.

“Hopefully, with me coming in and helping this younger bowling group progress is something I’m looking forward to.”

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