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Pieter Malan joins Warwickshire

South African batsman Pieter Malan has joined Warwickshire County Cricket Club ahead of the 2021 season.

Malan, 31, will join Warwickshire for the opening fixture of the LV= Insurance County Championship campaign on 8-11 April against Derbyshire. The South African is available for all red ball fixtures and completes Warwickshire’s international recruitment drive.

The 1989-born batsman has registered 10,691 First Class runs since beginning his professional career in 2006. Malan made his Test debut for South Africa on 3 January 2020, becoming the 343rd player to represent the nation.

Malan, who bats right-handed, will play club cricket outside South Africa for the first when he joins up with Warwickshire. The 31-year-old has amassed a batting average of 44.36 and secured 33 centuries across his career.

“Pieter is a very good signing for us,” said Warwickshire’s Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace. “He has played a lot of cricket in South Africa and he has a very impressive batting average across all three formats. He played against England last winter and I think he has been unlucky not to play more international cricket.

“We have got some very talented young batsmen in our top order and for them to work with, and bat out in the middle with, someone of Pieter’s experience and quality will be brilliant for them.

“Pieter is also a very impressive man, friendly, likeable and polite, but with real inner steel and with a point to prove. I know how much he wants to come to the Bears and score some serious runs.”

Malan has played three Tests to date for South Africa and he represents Cape Cobras in his home domestic competition.

He commented: “It’s always been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I’m very excited to be afforded the opportunity at a top county with a proud history like Warwickshire.

“I can’t wait to get to Edgbaston and get started with the Bears.”

Malan’s signing follows on from Monday’s announcement from Edgbaston that West Indies T20 star Carlos Brathwaite will join the Bears for the 2021 Vitality Blast campaign. Fast bowler Olly Hannon-Dalby and batsman Sam Hain have also committed to the Club in the last fortnight by signing contract extensions.

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