South African seamer returns to Kent

Wayne Parnell

Kent have bolstered their bowling attack with the return of South Africa left-arm paceman Wayne Parnell.

The 27-year-old played for Kent in two spells in 2009 and will be the county¹s overseas player for a spell at the start of the season.

Parnell is available for action in the County Championship and One-Day Cup before returning to international duty.

“I really enjoyed my time at Kent in 2009 when we won Division Two and reached the T20 Finals Day,” said Parnell.

“I learned a lot from the experience and I hope to help the side continue their strong start in the County Championship and get off to a flyer in the One-Day Cup.

“I look forward to working with Matt Walker, Jason Gillespie and the boys.”

He has played four Tests and 54 ODIs for the Proteas as well as five seasons in the Indian Premier League.

Kent chairman of cricket Graham Johnson added: “Wayne is an experienced international bowler who will add pace and a new angle to our attack.

“At 27, he still has a point to prove and complements the other bowlers in our unit well.

“Whilst we have a large seam contingent in the squad we want to make sure we keep raising the bar and players of international quality signal that intent.”