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Wiaan Mulder joins Kent for County Championship stint

Wiaan Mulder joins Kent for County Championship stint
Wiaan Mulder celebrates © Gallo Images/Getty Images

Wiaan Mulder has signed with Kent for a stint in the County Championship, starting later this month.

Bowling all-rounder Mulder has played one Test for South Africa, in Sri Lanka's historic series-clinching victory at Port Elizabeth in February. He will play seven county games, starting with Kent's second match after the competition resumes, against Surrey at Beckenham from May 20, and ending at Hampshire from July 13.

Kent won their only Championship match for the season so far, an eight-wicket victory over Warwickshire. They suffered a terrible run of injuries during their Royal London Cup campaign, where they have won two of their seven games and lost four. Captain Sam Billings has been ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder while fielding in a Royal London Cup match and vice-captain Joe Denly is with the England squad for the one-day series against Pakistan.

Mulder played the first of his 10 ODIs for South Africa as an 18-year-old, taking 1 for 32 off eight overs against Bangladesh in October, 2017.

In first-class cricket, he has taken 66 wickets from 22 matches at an average of just 22.93 with best bowling figures in an innings of 7 for 25 in only his second first-class appearance for the Lions against the Dolphins in 2016. Usually batting at No. 5 or 6, Mulder also averages 39.50 with the bat in first-class cricket with a high score of 146 in Bloemfontein in January.

"I have always wanted to play county cricket and I am stoked to be joining a top-division side such as Kent," Mulder said. "I'm fully focused on proving my abilities at this high level and hope to contribute to success at this historic club."

Kent director of cricket, Paul Downton, said: "With Sam Billings and Joe Denly unavailable for differing reasons, Wiaan's ability to bowl a heavy ball and bat in the top six will be a huge asset to the side as we look to establish ourselves in Division One following our exciting win at Edgbaston earlier this season."

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