Hampshire have signed South African Dale Steyn as part of the fast bowler’s recovery from injury.
Steyn will join the county in June, training at The Ageas Bowl in the weeks leading up to his country’s July tour of Sri Lanka as he battles to play his first Test since injuring his heel in the New Year’s match against India.
The 34-year-old will feature in a Royal London One-Day Cup fixture against Somerset and a Specsavers County Championship encounter with Surrey, in both matches replacing fellow South African Hashim Amla – Hampshire’s overseas signing for the first three months of the season.
The club have a view for Steyn to return in the closing weeks of the season following his international tour, which ends with a T20 International on August 14 and would see him available for a maximum of the final six Championship fixtures.
“Dale is one of the best bowlers in the world and is extremely motivated to get going after a frustrating period on the side-lines,” said Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White.
“It seems a great fit for both parties – we hope that we can help him get back to his best and we look forward to welcoming him to Hampshire.”
Steyn was listed as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2013 and has 419 Test wickets, two short of Shaun Pollock’s record for South Africa, 23 of which have come in England, while he has also picked up 26 five-wicket hauls.