South Africa seamer Vernon Philander, the world’s second-ranked Test bowler, will represent Kent until the end of July.
Philander will mainly be available for the Friends Life t20, which starts today, but is also free to feature in two LV= County Championship games next month before heading to the West Indies for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League.
Philander, who was 28 on Monday, has been pivotal in lifting the Proteas to the top of the Test table with 89 wickets at 17.13 in 16 appearances and has played in 15 limited-overs internationals.
He said: “I’m really happy to be here; I hope to help the team to create some great chances and hopefully success. I hope I can use my experience to help the team and also that I can be a good influence in the dressing room.”
Chairman Graham Johnson, whose county are bottom of Division Two in the championship without a win, said: “Vernon is an excellent signing for the club. His Test match record is remarkable, and we hope he will make a strong contribution to the Kent Spitfires’ Friends Life t20 campaign, as well as kick-start an improvement in four-day results.“