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Northamptonshire sign Temba Bavuma

Bavuma will play for the club between May and July 2019, and will have the opportunity to play in eight County Championship matches

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Northamptonshire have announced the signing of South African Test cricketer Temba Bavuma for the 2019 County Championship season.

Bavuma will play for the club between May and July 2019, and will have the opportunity to play in eight County Championship matches.

The 28-year-old is best known for being the first black cricketer to score a Test century for South Africa when he hit an unbeaten 102 against England at Newlands in his native city Cape Town.

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In 31 Test appearances for his country, he has scored 1488 runs at an average of 33.81, with that century against England being the sole occasion he has made it to 100.

“Signing a player of Temba's international stature underlines our ambitions as a club," said Northamptonshire's chief executive Ray Payne.

“We are keen to return to the Championship's top division and hopefully his runs will help us achieve that. 

“His Test experience will bring an added dimension to the team and we're all looking forward to welcoming a cricketer who is admired and respected around the cricketing world."

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