Begin Love Affair
batsman Martin Love will be Durham's overseas professional for the
coming season. The 26 year old has signed a one year contract following
the news that fellow Australian Simon Katich will not be returning
to Durham in order for him to be fully rested in time for the Ashes
Tour should he be picked.
Australian batsman made many friends at the Riverside last season
and is currently playing in Australia. Simon found that 18 months
of cricket at First Class level hard work and feels that his body
would benefit from some rest and remedial work which will assist
him in realising his ambition of playing for Australia this summer
on their tour of England.
is an exciting right handed batsman "No 3" from Queensland
and will be joining Durham for the start of the season.
Coach Martyn Moxon says he is delighted to be able to sign Love:
"I've heard nothing but good reports about Martin and his career
record in Australia is outstanding, by all accounts we have a very
talented player coming to join us."
Love has scored
over 6,000 first-class runs including 17 centuries in Australia
at an average of 44, his highest score being 228.
Bill Midgley says "Martin is more than capable of filling
Simons' shoes and we are thrilled that he has agreed to join us.
The fact that Simon can not return to Durham this year is extremely
disappointing because he was a great ambassador for the Club both
on and off the field and he will be missed by all.
that we will still see Simon in the summer as a member of the Ashes
touring party. As a result of not joining Durham, Simon will have
the opportunity of resting between the end of the Australian season
and the start of the Ashes Tour, should he be picked.
says: "Sadly I have recently decided that I will not be available
to join Durham for the coming season. It was a hard decision as
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the area last year and was looking
forward to helping Durham move forward again.
aim is to make the Ashes Tour and my second aim is to make sure
that I am fit to play in the next Australian season.
I've found 18
months of cricket at First Class level hard work and I feel my body
would benefit from some rest and remedial work.
commitments allow I would love to return to Durham in order to help
them fulfil their ambitions."
Martin Lloyd Love
Date of Birth:
30 March 2021
Place of Birth: Mundubbera, Queensland
Right Hand Bat
Not Outs: 11
Highest Score: 228
Not Outs: 6
Highest Score: 124