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Nottinghamshire sign New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler for Friends Life t20

Ian Butler: Nottinghamshire sign New Zealand fast bowler for Friends Life t20 campaign

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Nottinghamshire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Ian Butler for their upcoming Friends Life t20 campaign.

Butler, who has played eight Tests, 26 ODIs and 18 t20 internationals for New Zealand, joins in time to make his debut in Friday's tournament-opener against Leicestershire Foxes.

The 31-year-old is currently with the touring New Zealand squad taking part in a two-match Twenty20 series against England.

Butler will join up with his Nottinghamshire team-mates following the conclusion of the international series at The Oval on Thursday.

"The Notts Outlaws squad looks very strong and I feel well prepared having played two Twenty20 internationals this week," said Butler.

"There is a great tradition of New Zealand cricketers doing well with Nottinghamshire and I am really looking forward to playing at Trent Bridge."

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell added: "We knew that several New Zealanders were keen to have a stint in county cricket and Ian was our pick because we needed a bowler with pace and aggression."

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