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South Africa paceman Wayne Parnell returns to bolster Kent attack

PUBLISHED: 16:53 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:53 10 April 2017

The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, 7th April 2017.

The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, 7th April 2017.

Ady Kerry

The 27-year-old played for the county in two spells in 2009

Kent have added their first overseas player for the season with the signing of South Africa left-arm paceman Wayne Parnell.

The 27-year-old played for Kent in two spells in 2009 and will add more firepower to the county’s bowling attack.

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

The left-hander from Port Elizabeth said: “I really enjoyed my time at Kent in 2009 when we won Division Two and reached the T20 Finals Day.

“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 one-day internationals for the Proteas as well as five seasons in the Indian Premier League.

Kent chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “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.

“We are fiercely ambitious and will continue to strengthen in this way where we believe it is appropriate.”

Parnell is set to make his return for the County Championship match on Friday against Sussex before his home comeback against Derbyshire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence a week later.

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