Worcestershire sign Australian wicketkeeper Michael Johnson

Worcestershire have agreed a deal to bring wicketkeeper Michael Johnson to New Road for the 2013 season.

Perth-born Johnson, 24, who made his first-class debut for Western Australia in 2009, will compete for the gauntlets with Ben Cox, following last summer's release of Ben Scott.

Michael Johnson

  • Born Perth, 11 August 1988
  • Has played 10 first-class matches for his home state, Western Australia, hitting 200 runs, including one half-century, as well as claiming 34 catches and two stumpings
  • Has played Second XI cricket with Somerset (2007), Hampshire (2010) and Kent (2012)

The former Australia Under-19 international holds a dual passport.

"Michael comes to New Road as a ready made first-team player," said director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

"I am looking forward with interest to the healthy scrap for the gloves with Ben Cox."

Johnson added: "I am very much looking forward to working closely with Steve Rhodes and the rest of the squad.

"I hope to be a part of the developing team that brings success to New Road. I can't wait to get started."