Hampshire sign South African batsman

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Hampshire have signed South African-born batsman Johann Myburgh for the 2011 domestic cricket season.

Myburgh will be available for all forms of the game for the county.

The batsman will join up with the squad in January and is expected to travel with the team to the West Indies for the Caribbean T20 tournament.

Myburgh said; 'I am very excited about joining Hampshire for the 2011 season. I will be joining a talented squad and look forward to working with the Hampshire players, coaches and support staff.'

Myburgh was the Canterbury Wizards' batsman of the season in 2007-2008 and player of the season the following year.

He is the current holder of the record for the youngest scorer – at 17 – of a double-century in South African domestic cricket. He has scored more than 5000 first class runs at an average of over 45.

Hampshire manager, Giles White said; 'Johann is an exciting prospect for Hampshire Cricket and will add good depth to our squad for next season.

'I am delighted that he has signed and I look forward to welcoming him here next season.'