Durham seal Patel deal

09 April 2018 05:40:45 EST

Durham have signed India all-rounder Axar Patel for the final six Specsavers County Championship fixtures of the 2018 season.

The hard-hitting, slow left armer is a dual international for India in one-day and Twenty20 internationals and also plays for the King's XI Punjab in the Inidan Premier League.

Patel will arrive at Chester-le-Street in mid-August and will make his debut against Glamorgan in Cardiff on  19th August.

The 24-year-old will then play three four-day fixtures at Emirates Riverside against Northamptonshire, Sussex and Middlesex before away fixtures against Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

Patel has 79 first-class wickets in 23 matches, including 14 in two matches for India A against South Africa A in 2015. Meanwhile, despite scoring just one hundred, he averages 48.45 with the bat.

His arrival in county cricket comes at a time in his career when he might have been pigeon-holed as a white-ball specialist.

Patel is one cap short of 50 across limited-overs formats for his country and his success in those assignments mean he has not played first-class cricket for 18 months.

His presence in the County Championship will coincide with India's tour here this summer - meaning he is on hand should injuries hit the tourists' squad.

Yorkshire are 1212/1 to win the County Championship Division One title in 2018, while Essex are available at 1212/1.

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