Nottinghamshire have signed Australia batsman Adam Voges as cover for absent compatriot David Hussey in the early part of the season.
Hussey surprised the county by signing up for the Indian Premier League and so the club have brought in the 28-year-old Western Australian on a short-term contract to fill the unexpected gap.
"Hussey's decision to sign for the IPL was unexpected,"
said director of cricket Mick Newell.
"We had an agreement with him and were looking forward to seeing him for the whole season, and had to decide whether we wanted him to be a part of our future plans.
"He has assured me that he is still very keen to play for Notts and is expected to arrive at Trent Bridge later in the summer."
Voges, who had played a single one-day international and two Twenty20 internationals, hit the headlines in 2004-05 when he hit his maiden one-day century for Western Australia off just 62 balls, at the time the fastest in his country's domestic history.
And Newell added:
"I'm confident Voges will prove a more than capable replacement.
"He's got an excellent pedigree and should be more or less a straight swap. The aim is for him to slot in at number four in four-day and one-day cricket.
"He's played international cricket for Australia and has a good record with the bat.
"He wants to make a role for himself in county cricket and will have that opportunity with us."