01 March, 2018

Hampshire have announced the signing of South Africa batsman Hashim Amla as an overseas player for the first three months of the English County season.

The 34-year-old, who has had several previous county stints with Essex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Derbyshire, and will be available for the County Championship and the One-Day competition.

The prolific Proteas star will join compatriots Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw before returning to country's duty for their Test series against Sri Lanka in July.

Hampshire’s Director of Cricket Giles White, said: ‘Hashim is an exciting acquisition for us and we feel he’ll be an excellent fit within the group we’ve got, both on and off the pitch.

‘He will add strength and depth to our batting for the first three months of the season when runs on the board are important. Hopefully, this will help us achieve that consistently in both the four-day and 50-over competitions.’

Amla has scored more than 16,000 runs at an average of 49.61 across Tests and ODIs.

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