Lancashire sign Australian Test batsman Usman Khawaja
Lancashire have signed Australia Test batsman Usman Khawaja as their overseas player for the remainder of the season.
Last Updated: 07/06/14 2:21pm
The 27-year-old played the most recent of his nine Tests in Australia's defeat at Chester-le-Street last summer, the match in which England clinched the 2013 Ashes.
The Pakistan-born left-hander has previously played for Derbyshire, and has scored almost 5,000 first-class runs at an average of more than 41.
"This is a great opportunity for me and a challenge I am really looking forward to getting stuck into," said Khawaja, who will arrive at the start of next week.
"I have heard nothing but good things about the club so getting to Manchester, meeting my new team-mates and contributing for the team is an exciting prospect.
"Every time you play cricket is a learning experience and I am looking forward to the next few months."
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: "We are delighted to add Usman to our current squad.
"His quality and International experience at the top end of the batting order will help to create a greater platform for the team particularly in Championship cricket.
"When Simon Katich informed us that he wouldn't be returning we saw it as a great opportunity to promote a number of our emerging batsmen and we will continue in this vein with Usman complementing our current resources."