Northamptonshire CCC is delighted to announce the signing of South African batsman Temba Bavuma.

He will join the club between May and July 2019, boosting the County’s batting line-up for eight Specsavers County Championship matches.

The 28-year-old made headlines around the world in January 2016 when he became the first black African cricketer to score a Test century for South Africa – hitting an unbeaten 102 against England at Newlands in Cape Town, his native city.

He has made 31 Test appearances for the Proteas so far, scoring 1,488 runs with an average of 33.81, and has also represented his country in the ODI format.  In all first-class cricket he’s made nearly 7,000 runs with a dozen hundreds.  He was appointed captain of the Highveld Lions franchise for the current season.

“Signing a player of Temba’s international stature underlines our ambitions as a club,” said Northamptonshire’s chief executive Ray Payne.

“We are keen to return to the Championship’s top division and hopefully his runs will help us achieve that.  His Test experience will bring an added dimension to the team and we’re all looking forward to welcoming a cricketer who is admired and respected around the cricketing world.”

The signing is subject to a No Objection Certificate being granted by Cricket South Africa.