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Viljoen set for debut in County Championship match at Bristol

New signing Hardus Viljoen is in line for his Kent debut in the Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire.

A 13-man squad has travelled to The Brightside Ground in Bristol and the big South Africa fast bowler is eager to sample county cricket.

The 27-year-old right-armer said: “I can’t express how excited I am to be with the team and get on the park and play some cricket.

“I like to keep things simple, use my aggression and hit the deck hard without complicating things too much.

“It’s been nice to meet the guys and get to know them and I’m looking forward to it.”

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast, 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 3 Darren Stevens, 7 Sam Billings, 42 Will Gidman, 15 James Tredwell, 26 Matt Coles, 8 Mitch Claydon, 11 Imran Qayyum, 22 Charlie Hartley, 77 Hardus Viljoen.

Gloucestershire squad:17 Gareth Roderick (c), 15 Chris Dent, 4 Will Tavare, 2 Michael Klinger, 9 Hamish Marshall, Phil Mustard, 10 Jack Taylor, 34 Craig Miles, 14 David Payne, 24 Liam Norwell, 36 Matt Taylor, Oliver Currill.

Gloucestershire v Kent stats:

· Kent have gone three meetings without being subjected to defeat against Gloucestershire (W1 D2).

· Gloucestershire have only lost one of their last five matches in Bristol versus Kent (W2 D2); that defeat coming in the most recent encounter there though.

· Kent have only lost once (v Essex) in their last 15 matches (W4 D10).

· Gloucestershire’s Jack Taylor has struck more sixes than any other batsman this summer (18).

· Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent) has averaged 102 from his 14 first-class innings this summer.