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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 09:52 GMT
Hall's well at New Road
Andrew Hall batting for South Africa
Andrew Hall is a highly competitive cricketer
Worcestershire have completed two major overseas signings for the 2003 season.

South African all-rounder Andrew Hall has been confirmed as one of the new faces, but the identity of the second player, a fast bowler, will not be revealed until the New Year.

Hall is a member of the South African Test and one-day squads and is likely to be involved when they try to win the World Cup on home soil next March.

Although he normally bats in the lower middle order, Hall also has experience of opening in the one-day game.

"Andrew Hall's all-round ability will be a huge asset in all forms of cricket next season," said Director of Cricket Tom Moody.


We have picked up two highly talented young cricketers who could well feature in our first team line-up
Director of Cricket Tom Moody

"Our second overseas players, who unfortunately we cannot name at the present time, will add genuine pace, hostility and quality to our attack."

Hall's availability may be limited, however, with South Africa on tour in England next summer, when they will take part in the one-day NatWest series, also involving Zimbabwe, and five Tests.

However, Moody claims that Worcestershire are prepared to lose Hall for at least part of the summer depending on international calls.

"We've taken it into account but we believe that the first two months of the season are critical and he will be there for that."

"If he does get called up we'll have time to get a replacement and be able to weigh the situation up and decide on the needs of the team at that time."

Worcestershire have been well served by their overseas players in the past three seasons with Australians Glenn McGrath and Andy Bichel spearheading their attack.

But they are also looking to develop home grown talent and have also given contracts to pace bowler Dave Wigley, who played for Yorkshire in 2002, and batsman Stephen Moore.

"We have picked up two highly talented young cricketers who could well feature in our first team line-up," Moody added.

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