Alfonso Thomas pledges summer to Somerset after resolving IPL issues
Talismanic bowler Alfonso Thomas will be available to Somerset throughout the 2013 season but the club are preparing to deal with Nick Compton's absence.
The experienced seamer who signed a new deal at the County Ground last year has negotiated his way out of Indian Premier League commitments to pledge his summer to the Taunton club.
However, Somerset are expected to be without top order batsman Compton, believing back-to-back centuries for England in New Zealand will convince selectors to pick him to for the upcoming Ashes series.
On Thomas, director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: "That's been resolved. He was involved with an IPL commitment which he has managed to put aside and he will be available from the start.
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"It's a big bonus. He re-signed a new contract last season and part of that deal was to try and make sure he was with us all season.
"He's a big part of the squad and we're looking forward to having him around all season."
Captain Marcus Trescothick said Compton's international form was of no surprise to his county team-mates.
"We're delighted that he's done so well and at the same time not surprised," he said. "He's really progressed to become the type of player he is.
"Getting back-to-back hundreds, ask any of the lads, is no surprise because his mental capacity is made for Test cricket.
"We have looked at opportunities to how we're going to approach it. With (South African batsman) Alviro Petersen signed it's planning for Nick to be away. With the way he has continued it looks like he will be in the fold and in the (England) team going forward.
"You have still got to continue to work but I think they (selectors) will give an opportunity. They will like the partnership at the top of the order.
"I know Joe Root's done brilliantly and he is quite some player but they will look to try to get the conformity between the top two going into the Ashes. I don't expect it to be any different."