Paceman Aaron joins Durham

  • Last Updated: September 5 2014, 13:49 BST

Durham have announced the signing of India fast bowler Varun Aaron as their overseas player for the final few weeks of the season.

Varun Aaron: Has signed short-term for Durham
Varun Aaron: Has signed short-term for Durham

The 24-year-old, who played the final two Tests against England this summer but is not involved in the ongoing one-day series between the countries, is set to replace Australian John Hastings.

Hastings has been called up by the Chennai Super Kings for the Champions League Twenty20 so Durham have drafted in Aaron for their final two LV=County Championship games against Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

Aaron said: "It's an honour for me to play for Durham.

"I've always wanted to play county cricket in the UK and am looking to play next season.

"However, I am happy that the opportunity has come sooner and I look forward to joining the rest of the team."

Aaron is currently in the middle of a 10-day fast bowling training programme under the guidance of former Australia star Glenn McGrath, but will fly to England next week to join up with his new team-mates.

Durham head coach Jon Lewis said: "He's obviously got some good pace and he's young and keen. We're excited to have him onboard."

Durham, the reigning county champions, are fighting relegation from Division One. They are currently third from bottom with 150 points, 12 clear of second-bottom Lancashire.