Kent sign South Africa speedster Viljoen

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Kent have signed South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen for the remaining four matches of the County Championship season, as he is not part of the Proteas' Test side at the moment.

The 27-year-old right-armer from Gauteng has taken 325 first-class wickets at an average of 26.66, and is known as one of the quickest bowlers on the South African circuit.

The 6ft 4in paceman has 19 five-wicket hauls in 83 red-ball matches to date and made his Test debut in January 2016 against England at Johannesburg.

He took a wicket with his first ball, only the 20th man to achieve the feat, dismissing Alastair Cook.

Viljoen, who will wear shirt number 77, said: “I’m delighted to join Kent and experience county cricket.

“I’ve just played a tri-series for South Africa A so I feel in good shape after a few weeks off.

"I'm looking forward to representing Kent and I will give it my all as it's always been a dream to play county cricket."

He could make his home debut against Northants (Tue 6 Sep, Beckenham) and Essex (Tue 20 Sep, Canterbury).

Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “We’ve carried a lot of injuries in the seam bowling department this summer.

“With four important games left in the campaign we wanted to give ourselves the best chance to build on the work done to get us into the current position to challenge for that one promotion spot. The experience and spark that Hardus brings will be important in the run in.”

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