Two-time Big Bash League player of the year D'Arcy Short will play for Durham in the 2019 Vitality Blast season.
The 20-cap Australia Twenty20 international hit 637 runs, including six half-centuries, and took 10 wickets with his wrist spin for Hobart Hurricanes in the 2018-19 BBL.
"I can't wait to get over to Durham and play some cricket; playing in England is something that I have wanted to do for a while and I'm very excited to get started," Short said.
"It's very much a new experience for me and a challenge to play on some different grounds, wickets, pitches and against some new bowlers.
"It didn't take too much persuasion for me to decide to spend my summer in the North East and I'm looking forward to meeting the lads."
The hard-hitting left-hander knows Durham director of cricket Marcus North from his time at Western Australia, where he still plays alongside the club's main overseas recruit, Cameron Bancroft.
"It's exciting for everyone here at Durham to announce the arrival of D'Arcy," said North.
"He's a great player to have around the dressing room and it offers the younger players a great opportunity to observe one of the finest T20 batsmen in world cricket."
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