Nottinghamshire have revealed that Phil Jaques will return to Trent Bridge for the start of the 2015 county campaign.
The Australian batsman is about to return to his native country, with his deal with the LV= County Championship Division One side running out after the conclusion of the four-day game with Warwickshire that begins on Sunday.
But Notts have secured his return for the opening months of 2015, though he will again return home to fulfil coaching commitments.
Director of cricket Mike Newell said: "We expect Alex Hales to have another shot at the IPL auction and having Phil around will cover his absence or we may even see them on the same teamsheet given recent form.
"He’ll be here for a similar period of time next season and we hope he can have a similar impact.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Carter will not return until the start of the next campaign due to a stress fracture in his back.
The paceman suffered the injury during the warm-up ahead of Thursday’s victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road in the NatWest T20 Blast.
“I’ve been managing pain in my back for a while now and strangely it felt the best it had for a long time just before the injury occurred,” said Carter.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead at the moment but I want to have the operation and begin my rehabilitation as soon as I can because I know that I can contribute to a successful Nottinghamshire team in the years ahead."
Nottinghamshire Physiotherapist Jon Alty added: “We saw some early signs of the bone starting to break down and decided that he should only play white-ball cricket for a while but he suffered some pain at Leicestershire and we diagnosed a stress fracture in his vertebrae.
“He’ll have an operation in the next few weeks to pin the vertebrae and the recovery will take three-to-six months depending on what they find.”