Richard Levi: South Africa batsman joins Northants for FLt20

Northamptonshire have signed South Africa batsman Richard Levi as their second overseas player for this season's FL t20 competition.

The 25-year-old has played 13 Twenty20 internationals, averaging 21.45 and with a strike rate of 141.

He scored the fastest international T20 century when hitting 100 off 45 balls on the way to an unbeaten 117 in a win over New Zealand last year.

Thirteen of his 15 sixes for South Africa came in that innings.

"We are delighted to welcome Richard to the County Ground as he will add much needed firepower to the top of our order in this format," said Northants head coach David Ripley.

"His willingness to jump on a plane and get over here at very short notice, is testament to his desire to play not just for us, but to try and force himself back into international contention - something we hope this stint at Northants will help him achieve."

Levi played for Somerset in last year's T20, scoring 179 runs in seven matches at an average of 25.57, with only one half century, with an average of 25.57 - but at a strike rate of 161.

He joins Australia batsman Cameron White at Wantage Road as Northants look to reach finals day in the competition for only the second time.