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Worcestershire sign 'world class' Guptill and Ferguson for T20 Blast

Big-hitting New Zealand opener Martin Guptill between June 30 and July 29, and will also be available to play in the County Championship against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire

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Worcestershire have signed Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill and Callum Ferguson will both spend time with Worcestershire Rapids during the 2018 T20 Blast.

Big-hitting New Zealand opener Guptill between June 30 and July 29, and will also be available to play in the County Championship against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire while the club's primary overseas player, Travis Head, is away on international duty with Australia.

Aussie batsman Ferguson will take over from the Kiwi for the final six matches of Worcestershire's T20 campaign and will also be available for the Royal London One-Day Cup knockout stages, should the county progress.

Head coach Kevin Sharp said: “Martin is a world class player. With Martin and Travis and the rest of our batting line-up, it will be quite a scary prospect for some opposition sides to think what might happen.

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Callum Ferguson will also join for part of 2018

“It is exciting for us to sign someone of his quality and I’m sure he is someone all the Rapids supporters will look forward to watching.

“In white ball, he is a destructive batsman – and his record proves that – and for him to be available for the first eight T20 games is excellent.

“But he also has a good record in red ball cricket and will also be able to play the two Championship matches in June when Travis is on international duty.

“Callum is very keen to get back playing representative cricket and get himself back to where he wants to be and it is another excellent signing for us.”

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