South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has joined Kent as an overseas player with the county bidding to reach the T20 Blast knockout stages.

The Spitfires are third in the South Group with two games to play and may need to win both to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Du Plessis, 35, arrives in time for their home match against second-placed Gloucestershire on Thursday.

“I’ll do my best to contribute and hopefully help lift a trophy,” he said.

He replaces Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi in Kent’s T20 squad as well as bolstering their side following an injury to New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne.

Du Plessis has previous experience of county after playing for Lancashire under a Kolpak agreement in 2007.

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