Dale Steyn will join Hampshire as an overseas player in 2018.
Steyn will use the club’s facilities from June as he prepares to return for South Africa’s next set of international fixtures in Sri Lanka in July, after missing the end of the South African summer with a heel injury.
The 34-year old joins fellow South African Hashim Amla at Hampshire, with Amla holding the role of overseas player for the first three months of the season, before Steyn will take over for a Royal London One-Day Cup fixture against Somerset and a County Championship match with Surrey in June.
He is then expected to rejoin Hampshire for the rest of the season following the conclusion of his international commitments with his country, where he will look to add to his tally of 419 Test wickets, a number which has him sitting at 10th on the all-time list.
Giles White, Hampshire’s director of cricket was delighted to announce his side’s new signing: “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.”
Signing both Amla and Steyn in the same summer is a strong move by a Hampshire side that will be looking to improve on their 2017 performance, particularly in the County Championship, after finishing just one point above the relegation zone last season.