Former Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell signs for Northamptonshire

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Former Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell was signed by Northamptonshire County Cricket Club as an overseas player for the entirety of the 2021 season.

Parnell, who joins former Cape Cobras batsman Richard Levi in Northamptonshire, will be available for selection in all three formats in the English summer.

"I am delighted to be joining Northants for the 2021 season across all formats. I love county cricket and I hope I can contribute to the club being successful on all fronts," said Parnell in a Northamptonshire press release.

"It's an exciting squad with a really nice mix of youth and experience and I'm particularly looking forward to linking up with some old team-mates in Richard Levi and Chris Liddle who is now the bowling coach."

The 31-year-old played six Tests, 65 ODIs and 40 T20Is during his international career between 2009-2017.

Steelbacks skipper Josh Cobb believed Parnell will be a great asset to the county.

"Looking at our attack we've got a lot of bases covered now with pace, spin, control and now he gives us a left arm option as well so when you're looking at matchups, I feel we've got everything we need," Cobb said.

"He's got a good record of bowling up front and taking wickets and skills at the backend with yorkers too so I'm sure he'll be a match winner for us."

Parnell is set to arrive in the UK later this month, and will be available for selection in the Club's opening County Championship fixture at home against Kent on 8 April.

His availability for the full length of the season will see the all-rounder line up for the Steelbacks in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Head coach David Ripley explained the opportunity to sign someone of Parnell's calibre, stating that it's a massive tick to have him for all-formats.

"We started the winter looking for someone who could perhaps play some Championship cricket at the start... We had one or two options there but when Wayne [Parnell] came into the picture we felt he could offer a real all-round contribution for us," said Ripley.

"He bowls left-arm with some good pace, he can bat, he's bowled some big pressure overs for Worcester in the T20s and made the finals there twice with them. So in white ball cricket, it's a massive tick but he's got desire to play red ball cricket too and that was the most important thing.

"We'll manage his workload through that along with our other bowlers, as the Championship games come thick and fast at the start of the season but I feel it's going to be a really good all-round addition to the squad."

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