Faulkner signs two-year county T20 deal

English county side Lancashire re-sign 'The Finisher' after he helped the club take out the 2015 domestic T20 crown

Australia allrounder James Faulkner has signed a two-year contract with Lancashire to feature as one of their overseas players in England's domestic Twenty20 competition.

Faulkner will return to Old Trafford for the 2018 and 2019 UK seasons having played in an integral role in Lancashire's 2015 county T20 title-winning side with an competition-leading 25 wickets to go with 302 runs.

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"I'm absolutely delighted to be returning to play for Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast for the next two years," the left-armer said.

"I absolutely loved my time with the club in 2015 and Finals Day at Edgbaston still lives very long in the memory for me.

"I'm very excited to come back and work with (former England quick and Lancashire coach) Glen Chapple and the rest of the squad who are an extremely talented and exciting group of players.

"Old Trafford is an amazing place to play cricket and I can't wait to reunite with the squad next summer. I'm determined to win the T20 Blast trophy back for the Club."

Surprisingly axed from Australia's one-day international squad for their Champions Trophy campaign earlier this year, Faulkner earnt a recall for October's Qantas Tour of India and featured in the first and last matches of the series.

He has battled recurring injury issues with his knee but the Tasmanian, nicknamed 'The Finisher' for his prowess in late-game situations with bat in hand, said in India that he was feeling closer to 100 per cent.

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"I have been battling – to be honest – for probably the last 18 months, so it's been nice to be home in Tassie with my teammates there and hit the gym hard - just physically with my knee and the state that's been in," Faulkner said in Chennai in October.

"But it's as good as it's been at the moment, so I'm pretty happy."

Faulkner was a late scratching from Tasmania's most recent JLT Sheffield Shield match against South Australia after suffering a rib injury, and remains sidelined for the Tigers' final match - at home to NSW - before the KFC Big Bash League break.

The 27-year-old will again turn out for the Melbourne Stars in BBL|07.