MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Matthew Kuhnemann of Queensland fields during the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Queensland at Melbourne Cricket Ground, on February 11, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Australian spin-bowler Matt Kuhnemann has agreed to a contract with English county championship team Durham, while Todd Murphy, also at Durham, won't be available to play until at least the conclusion of the Ashes series.

Kuhnemann made his Test debut last month against India, with the 26-year-old managing to take nine wickets throughout the three-game series, including a 5-16 effort in Indore.

In a statement on the club's website, Kuhnemann expressed his excitement at being able to join Durham.

"I am really excited to be joining Durham for the upcoming county season," Kuhnemann stated.

"I look forward to playing with some world-class players and contributing to some wins for the club throughout the summer. I can't wait to get over there and meet everyone."

Meanwhile, Murphy's playing load is being managed by Cricket Australia and the 22-year-old will be unavailable for the initial stages of the season.

Durham's director of cricket, Australian Marcus North, stated the club was pleased to be able to bring Kuhnemann into its side, but was disappointed that Murphy couldn't also be a part of the early-season county championship action.

"We were keen to bring in a spinner that will enable us to further strengthen and balance our championship side and with the signing of Matt, that now helps us to be effective in all conditions," North said.

"We are obviously disappointed that Todd Murphy will not be joining us in the early part of the season as planned, but we look forward to welcoming him to the club later in the summer."