Australia batsman Matt Renshaw has signed up for Kent and will feature in the One-Day Cup as well as early County Championship fixtures.
The opener is hoping his county stint will help him force his way into the Test squad ahead of the much-anticipated Ashes series in England this summer.
Renshaw, who played in England for Somerset last season, was given his Australia debut at the age of just 20 in 2016 and has made one Test century to date.
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The left-handed batsman has struggled to solidify his place since making way for Cameron Bancroft before the 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia.
Paul Downton, Kent's director of cricket, told the club website: "Matt is a young talent who is very hungry for success.
"He has the ability to strengthen our batting line-up, which will be key at the beginning of the season with both Sam (Billings) and Joe (Denly) away playing in the IPL.
"We look forward to welcoming Matt into the squad."