WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 14: Samit Patel of England looks on during a England nets session at Basin Reserve on February 14, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Johannesburg – Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd announced on Monday the signing of England and Nottinghamshire player Samit Patel for the T20 series.

Patel, who is currently in New Zealand with the England team, would arrive in Port Elizabeth on February 25, and would be available for the rest of the series.

Samit has played 18 international T20's and 111 domestic matches for Nottinghamshire, with a highest score of 84 not out. A slow, left-arm, orthodox bowler, he has taken 79 wickets.

“I'm very excited to be joining the Warriors for the T20

competition. I've heard fantastic things about the team and the area,” he said.

“The Warriors have a history of doing well in this format, and I hope I can add something extra and make this year a winning season.”

He thanked his county in England for releasing him.

Coach Piet Botha said: “We are delighted that Samit will be joining the Warriors. His experience at the highest level will be of great benefit to our squad, both on and off the field.”

The Warriors travel to Kimberley tomorrow for their first match against the Knights on Sunday.

Rusty Theron has been declared fit and re-joins the squad for the tournament.

“I am very pleased to be back in the squad following my injury. I have been working really hard over the past few weeks in the nets and am looking forward to the Warriors playing really good twenty-over cricket,” he said.

The squad: D Jacobs (Capt), A Prince, C Ingram, J Smuts, K Smuts, M Ntini, A Gqamane, C Jonker, A McLaren, A Birch, S Harmer W Parnell, C Thyssen, R Theron. – Sapa