Vernon Philander & Ben Hilfenhaus join Nottinghamshire

Vernon Philander and Ben Hilfenhaus
Vernon Philander (l) will be replaced by Ben Hilfenhaus in Nottinghamshire's squad in June

Nottinghamshire have signed South Africa bowling all-rounder Vernon Philander and Australia seamer Ben Hilfenhaus for next season.

Philander, 29, a former Kent, Middlesex and Somerset fast bowler, will feature in six County Championship and three T20 Blast matches.

Hilfenhaus, 31, will make his debut in English county cricket when he comes in to replace Philander from 5 June.

The double signing completes Notts' overseas recruitment for 2015.

"It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit an overseas player of high quality to spend an entire season in county cricket, so we're very pleased to have two high quality bowlers sharing the spot," said director of cricket Mick Newell.

Notts' new bowlers
Vernon PhilanderBen Hilfenhaus
26 Tests*: 115 wickets at 21.5727 Tests: 99 wickets at 28.50
21 ODIs: 27 wickets at 23.6625 ODIs: 29 wickets at 27.06
7 T20Is: Four wickets at 28.507 T20Is: Nine wickets at 17.88
*not including current Test against West Indies at Centurion

Hilfenhaus, who has made 27 Test, 25 one-day international and seven T20 appearances for Australia, is excited to earn a move to Trent Bridge.

"I've always been keen to have a spell in county cricket and Nottinghamshire is the ideal club for me, given their track record of competing for trophies and the proud history of Australians enjoying success there," said Hilfenhaus.

Philander is set to represent South Africa at the World Cup in February and March, before arriving in Nottingham in April.

"I've got a lot of cricket to play in the lead-up to my time with Nottinghamshire, but I know the job that I have to do and I'll be well prepared for the county season," he said.

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