Callum Ferguson has become the 26th Australian born cricketer to play for Worcestershire CCC in the Specsavers County Championship.

Ferguson is the 517th player to have achieved that honour for the County.

The 33-year-old was awarded his cap by the coaching staff ahead of his Championship debut against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday.

He follows in the footsteps of Riki Wessels – also Australian born – Hamish Rutherford and Josh Dell in joining those ranks this summer.

Ferguson joins the list of distinguished Australians who have played for Worcestershire, many of them this century.

Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon are part of the Australian squad named for the 2019 World Cup.

Travis Head, who played for the County last summer, will be returning to Blackfinch New Road on June 25 as part of the Australia ‘A’ squad.

A 50 over contest will take place between Worcestershire and the tourists on that date.

The 25 Australian born players to play Championship cricket for Worcestershire – and their cap numbers – are:

JA Cuffe 49

HO Hopkins 116

FB Warne 218

RCM Kimpton 234

NK Hughes 286

DP Harkness 287

GD Watson 342

TM Moody 379

GD McGrath 407

AJ Bichel 411

MS Mason 417

S Lee 418,

MA Harrity 420

PA Jaques 438

DE Bollinger 440,

SJ Magoffin 448

AA Noffke 454

DG Wright 466,

M Klinger 473

PJ Hughes 475

MA Johnson 481,

JW Hastings 501

NM Lyon 503

TM Head 506,

MH Wessels 515

C Ferguson 517