Hardus Viljoen, the 27-year-old South Africa pacer, penned down a contract with Kent as their overseas cricketer on Friday (August 19), and is set to play four matches for the County. Viljoen could play his first match against Gloucestershire, on Tuesday (August 23).
The well-built fast bowler from Easterners made his Test debut against England at Wanderers this year, but managed to pick up just one wicket in the match.
Incidentally, in April 2015, the South African pacer, had even thought of emigrating to New Zealand, as he couldn’t break into the national fold. However, he ended up with 48 wickets at 24.50 during the 2015-16 first-class season and forced his way into the South African set-up.
“I’m delighted to join Kent and experience county cricket,” Viljoen said. “I’ve just played a tri-series for South Africa A so I feel in good shape after a few weeks off. I’m looking forward to representing Kent and I will give it my all as it’s always been a dream to play county cricket.”
Viljoen is expected to bolster Kent’s pace attack. Mitchell Claydon, the former Durham pacer, and Matt Coles have toiled hard by picking up 66 wickets between them this season, but a lack of pace spearhead has hurt Kent’s chances of being promoted to Division 1. Kent are presently placed third in Division 2.
“We’ve carried a lot of injuries in the seam bowling department this summer,” said Graham Johnson, Kent’s chairman of cricket.
“With four important games left in the campaign we wanted to give ourselves the best chance to build on the work done to get us into the current position to challenge for that one promotion spot. The experience and spark that Hardus can bring will be important in the run in,” he summed up