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Warwickshire sign Pieter Malan as County Championship overseas player

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Club had been linked with Cheteshwar Pujara before he was signed in IPL auction

Warwickshire have announced the signing of South Africa opening batsman Pieter Malan for the 2021 County Championship season.

Warwickshire had been openly targeting an experienced batsman as their overseas player for their red-ball campaign after Ian Bell’s retirement at the end of the 2020 season. They were linked with a move for Cheteshwar Pujara, but his availability was unclear after he was signed by Chennai Super Kings in last week’s IPL auction, and talks never reached an advanced stage.

Malan, 31, played his only three Tests to date in South Africa’s home series against England in January 2020, making 156 runs across six innings at an average of 26.00. He is Cape Cobras’ leading run-scorer in the ongoing four-day franchise competition, with 374 in 10 innings, and will add further experience to a top order likely to include Dom Sibley, Will Rhodes and Sam Hain. He is due to be available for the duration of the red-ball season.

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