Australian paceman Nathan Bracken has finally completed his expected move to Worcestershire for the 2006 season.
Bracken, who previously had a spell in county cricket with Gloucestershire in 2003, was part of the Australia one-day squad which took on the ICC World XI in last week's Super Series.
He produced a series of impressive performances for New South Wales last winter, claiming 26 wickets at an average of 15.19 in helping his state team to win the Pura Cup.
Worcestershire head coach Steve Rhodes said: "Nathan has just broken through to the Australian one-day squad as a result of a terrific season for New South Wales, where he topped the national averages with 43 wickets at 18.79.
"He is a left-arm opening bowler with a career economy rate in first-class cricket of 2.55 per over. That in itself reveals how much control he has and this will complement our attack next season."
The 28-year-old becomes the second Australian to move to New Road after batsman Phil Jaques signed a two-year deal earlier in the week.