Worcestershire have covered the impending loss of Zander de Bruyn by signing West Indian all-rounder Chris Gayle for the rest of the season.
De Bruyn is playing his final Championship match for the county after being called up for international duty with South Africa A. His last appearance will be against Hampshire on Sunday.
Gayle is due to arrive for the floodlit totesport League match against Lancashire at Old Trafford next Wednesday. He is available to play in five totesport matches and four Championship matches.
Gayle, who will celebrate his 26th birthday while at New Road, last played for the West Indies against Pakistan in June but was then one of the ten rebels left out of the tour to Sri Lanka in a dispute over contracts.
Last April the Jamaican left-hander made his highest Test score, 317 against South Africa at St John's. He has a Test average of 39 from 52 matches.
Worcestershire will be expecting more from him than what they have had from de Bruyn - only eight wickets and scored 337 runs in ten Championship matches.