Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has been signed by Derbyshire to fulfil the role of their overseas player for a large portion of the 2011 county season.
Khawaja, who made his debut for Australia in the fifth Ashes Test against England in Sydney, is set to join up with Derbyshire in time for the start of the season and be with them until the end of the Friends Provident t20 campaign.
“Usman is an extremely talented batsman whose prolific record in Sheffield Shield Cricket has fired him into the thoughts of the Australian selectors," Head of Cricket John Morris said.
“Although he made his debut in the final Test of the Ashes series, Usman has been part of the Australia setup for several months and was part of the touring squad that visited the County Ground last season.
“Successful stints in County Cricket have played an integral part in the development of many successful Australian cricketers and I’m sure Usman will benefit hugely from this experience.
“He has scored runs consistently for New South Wales and is also proving to be a very entertaining player to watch.”
His signing for the club will be subject to a No Objection Certificate being obtained from Cricket Australia and he is set to be available to Derbyshire for eight LV= County Championship matches, six Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and the entire FPt20 competition.
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