Cricket - No guarantees for Wheater

Hampshire have denied Adam Wheater has been promised a first-team place after confirming the upcoming wicketkeeper-batsman has signed a two-year deal at the Rose Bowl.

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Adam Wheater has penned a two-year deal with Hampshire.

Wheater has made the move from Essex, where he was third choice behind James Foster and Ben Foakes, in attempt to revive his career. In a statement Essex revealed the 23-year-old bought out his contract to push through the deal, while head coach Paul Grayson suggested Hampshire had told Wheater he would replace Michael Bates as their first-choice behind the stumps.

But in a statement to confirm the move Hampshire manager Giles White rubbished the suggestion, saying: "Adam will add competition with the gloves and comes with an impressive first-class batting average."

He added: "We have experienced, first-hand, that he is a young player with great ability and we hope that he is able to fulfil his potential and build on what has been a bright start to his career.

"Contrary to reports, no assurances or promises have been made to Adam but we are delighted that he has chosen to pursue his career at Hampshire."

Bates is regarded as one of the best young gloveman in England but has a modest batting average of just 19.66 in 33 first-class games.

By contrast Wheater averages almost 40 while he thrashed 98, from 111 balls, against Hampshire last season to almost steal away an LV= County Championship win.

"Signing with Hampshire has entered me into a new and exciting chapter in my career," he said.

"As a club they've experienced a lot of recent success and I want to help continue that to repay the faith they've shown in me."

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