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Essex sign South Africa all-rounder Simon Harmer

The English County side Essex have announced the signing of South Africa all-rounder Simon Harmer on a Kolpak deal.

The 27-year-old will be available as a non-overseas signing in all forms of cricket for the newly-promoted Essex for the 2017 season.

Pretoria-born Harmer, who made five Test appearances for his nation, has claimed 290 first-class career wickets at an average of 32.57.

“Simon is an exciting cricketer who has played at the top level of the game,” said head coach Chris Silverwood.

Essex will play in Division One of the County Championship 2017 following their promotion earlier this year.

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