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Last Updated:  Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 14:20 GMT

Sehwag joins Leicestershire
Virender Sehwag
Sehwag will be playing in the World Cup
Indian star batsman Virender Sehwag and Australian Brad Hodge have both signed for Leicestershire for the coming season.

Sehwag, 24, is seen as one of the world's most exciting young batsmen, and will join the Foxes after playing in the World Cup.

He has a batting average of 41.52 from 14 Tests, including three centuries, and has hit five tons in 57 one-day internationals.

Hodge, 29, has represented Australia A and enjoyed a successful month-long spell with Durham last year.

"Virender is recognised as one of the best young batsmen in world cricket and Brad is on the verge of the Australian side," said Foxes head coach Phil Whitticase.

"Both are predominantly top order batsmen, but they are both off-spin bowlers and exceptional fielders as well.

"Their all round abilities give us many other options, and I am sure they will both be very popular with the Leicestershire members and public."

The double signing will help offset the losses of Iain Sutcliffe and Vince Wells to Lancashire and Durham respectively.

Australian Michael Bevan, Carl Crowe, Neil Burns, Ashley Wright and Stephen Adshead also left thecounty recently.

"I'm delighted to be given the opportunity by Leicestershire to play a full season of county cricket," said Hodge, who plays for Australian state side Victoria.

"I really enjoyed my short stint last year at Durham and I'm looking forward to the challenge of scoring runs and trying to win competitions with Leicester."

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