Sussex news February 1, 2011

Wayne Parnell signs up with Sussex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wayne Parnell, the South Africa left-arm fast bowler, has signed up with Sussex as their overseas player for the second half of the 2011 English domestic season. Subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa, Parnell, who is part of South Africa's 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup, will take over from Pakistan bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan who will be with Sussex until the end of June.

Parnell, 21, made his international debut at the age of 19, has played three Tests, 18 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 internationals. He averages 30.35 in ODIs for 31 wickets, including two five-fors, and 20.50 for 14 wickets in the T20 format. He's also shown ability with the bat lower down the order.

"I must be honest and say that I'm very excited about the prospects of playing for Sussex," Parnell was quoted as saying in a release. "I believe it will be a great learning curve and I will definitely gain more experience playing alongside some seasoned professionals as well as international cricketers. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of winning trophies for Sussex".

Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "We are delighted that one of South Africa's brightest talents has joined us. He will give us not only a wicket-taking threat, but the potential for valuable runs."