Steyn agrees Hampshire stint

06 April 2018 05:48:23 EST

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has agreed a deal with Hampshire to feature for the club in both the mid and latter parts of the upcoming campaign.

The 34-year-old is still battling his way back to full fitness after a catalogue of injury problems and hopes to feature for Hants in June and July before heading off for international duty with the Proteas in Sri Lanka.

Following that tour, the plan is for Steyn to return to the Rose Bowl for the closing weeks of the domestic season in England.

Hampshire already have South African duo Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw on their books under the Kolpak ruling, while Proteas batsman Hashim Amla is set to spend the first three months of the season on the South Coast.

Director of cricket Giles White told the county's official website: "Dale is one of the best bowlers in the world and is extremely motivated to get going after a frustrating period on the sidelines.

"It seems a great fit for both parties - we hope that we can help him get back to his best and we look forward to welcoming him to Hampshire."

Steyn is the second highest wicket-taker in Test matches for the Proteas, having claimed 419 wickets at an average of 22.32 in 86 matches, while his strike-rate of a wicket every 41.5 balls the fifth highest in Test match history.

Hampshire are priced at 1212/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Surrey available at 1/33 and defending champions Essex 1212/1.

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