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Outlaws snap up Butler

Notts Outlaws have signed New Zealand paceman Ian Butler for their Friends Life t20 campaign.

The 31-year-old, who is currently featuring in the Black Caps’ NatWest Twenty20 international series against England, has played in 52 internationals in all formats.

“Having faced Michael Lumb and Alex Hales in international cricket, I’m certainly looking forward to being on their side,” said Butler.

“The Notts Outlaws squad looks very strong and I feel well prepared having this week.

“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 moved quickly to secure Butler’s services.

"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," said Newell.

"We're placing a heavy workload on Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney and this signing will improve our quality and depth.

"Ian has a good international pedigree and he was very effective bowling to England's top order in Tuesday's match. I'm pleased with the squad that we have put together."

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