London: Australian skipper Steve Waugh is to return to English county cricket as Kent's replacement overseas player for Andrew Symonds until the end of the season.
Waugh, 37, will take over from his countryman after missing out on inclusion in the Australian One-day side for the forthcoming Morocco Cup. The 37-year-old had been looking to join an English county side to gain match practice before the autumn Test series in Pakistan. "I am looking forward to the opportunity to play some tough cricket and this stint will provide excellent preparation for the upcoming season," said Waugh who previously played for Somerset. "It has been 15 years since I last played county cricket so it is quite exciting and I look forward to making a strong contribution at Kent County Cricket Club." Kent is currently second in the County Championship and the signing is a major boost as it aims to overhaul Surrey at the top of the table. "We are thrilled that Steve has agreed to join us for the rest of the season," said director of cricket Ian Brayshaw. "We are obviously sad to see Andrew go, but are delighted to have been able to secure the services of such an experienced cricketer to help us in our push for success." Kent expects Waugh to make his debut in its national league encounter with Leicestershire on August 21. He will be come to England with twin brother Mark, who last week announced he would be joining Essex.
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