Amla to play for Derbyshire

2015-04-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — English county side ­Derbyshire have signed Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla.

Derbyshire announced the news via their official website yesterday, filling the gap created by New Zealander Martin Guptill’s Test recall.

Amla, who is currently ranked as the world’s No. 3 Test batsman, will join the English county at the start of May and be available for two County Championship matches and three T20 Blast fixtures.

Derbyshire’s elite performance director Graeme Welch commented: “Hashim is a world class batsman and a proven match winner on both the Test and limited overs stage.

“He’s a player I have worked with before and I know he will be a great influence on the younger lads. He will also bring a wealth of experience to the side as we look to compete at the highest level in both red ball and white ball cricket.”

Amla added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play in England this ­summer. Derbyshire are an ambitious club with an exciting young team and I’ve ­enjoyed working with Graeme before.

“I’m looking forward to making a strong contribution in both four-day and Twenty20 cricket for Derbyshire next month.”

Amla (31) has played in 82 Tests, scoring 6 757 runs at an average of 52,78.

He has also played 115 ODIs, scoring 5 692 runs at 55,26, and 26 T20 Internationals, adding 600 runs at a strike rate of 122,44.

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