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James Franklin

A left-arm medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball, Franklin was introduced to international cricket when barely out of his teens due to an injury blight that hit the New Zealand squad.

First selected for the one-day side in 2000-01, he was picked for the home Test series against Pakistan the same year, although inconsistent form meant he was in and out of the side.

He was called up to the New Zealand Test squad during the 2004 tour of England for the last Test at Trent Bridge as cover when Shane Bond had to fly home with a long-standing back injury. He ended up taking an impressive six wickets in the match which New Zealand lost.

A call-up to the one-day squad followed after more injuries, and he weighed in with a man-of-the-match performance in the NatWest Series against England, taking 5-42 at Durham.

Franklin remained in England for a spell as Gloucestershire overseas player. He took 7-60 on debut against Lancashire at Cheltenham, and contributed valuable middle-order runs.

Franklin’s move to Glamorgan for the 2006 season originally hit a snag when he was withdrawn from his contract by New Zealand Cricket after an MRI scan revealed cartilage damage.

However, following a week of intensive fitness testing and medical examinations he was subsequently given the go ahead to come over to the UK and replace Michael Kasprowicz as their second overseas player.

He contributed useful runs and wickets for Glamorgan in a season when the county struggled to find consistent form but was not retained for 2008.

He re-emerged into county cricket as overseas player for Gloucestershire, reuniting him with former New Zealand colleagues John Bracewell and Hamish Marshall.

Franklin enjoyed a fruitful season, with 904 LV= County Championship runs and 31 wickets, as Gloucestershire pushed for promotion.

He agreed to return for 2010, subject to agreement from New Zealand Cricket.