Indian batsman Murali Vijay has signed up to play for Essex in their remaining County Championship matches this season. The 34-year-old has been drafted in to replace Australian Peter Siddle after his stint at Chelmsford came to an end.
Despite the fact it is now well into September, the South East club still have three four-day games left on their schedule and face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge from Monday.
It seems likely Vijay will go straight into the side but Essex head coach Anthony McGrath feels they have a man who can make a real contribution to the team in the latter part of the campaign.
“We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order,” he told the club’s official website.
“Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about.
“The campaign is coming to an end and we have some really big games over the next month so getting someone in with the experience and international quality that Murali possesses could make all the difference for us.”