2008 County Champions Durham have announced the signing of Australian David Warner to play in the 2009 ECB Twenty20 Cup.
Warner, who burst onto the scene by hitting 89 in 43 balls agaisnt South Africa earlier this year, will play in the same Indian Premier League (IPL) team as Durham's Paul Collingwood when the pair team up for the Delhi Daredevils.
"I’ve heard great things about Durham and I’m delighted to be joining them later this year," Warner said.
"The team has done really well recently and I want to be able to play a major role in making sure that success continues. I enjoy playing Twenty20 cricket and to be brought in especially to play in the UK’s domestic competition is a real honour and challenge. I can’t wait!”
It follows Durham adopting a similar policy last year when they fielded South Africans Albie Morkel and Shaun Pollock in the competition, making their way to the Finals Day for the first time before they were knocked out by eventual winners Middlesex.
David Harker, Durham Chief Executive added: “It is a real coup for us to sign someone of David’s talent. His skill in the limited overs format of the game is clear to see and his performances have really caught the attention of the cricketing world. We are delighted to have him on board and we are sure that he will be a major force in our Twenty20 side.
“After reaching the Twenty20 Cup finals day last year we are determined to continue adding quality players to the squad to ensure the continued progress of Durham County Cricket Club in all competitions."
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