Worcestershire have re-signed India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for their final two County Championship matches this season, the Midlands club announced on Monday.

The 31-year-old has received clearance from the Board Of Control for Cricket in India to return to New Road for the First Division matches against Essex and Yorkshire in September.

Ashwin, who helped Worcestershire achieve promotion to the top flight last season, will return to the club following India’s five-Test series in England, which starts at Edgbaston on August 1.

“Ashwin is world class and he loved it at Worcestershire,” county coach Kevin Sharp told the club’s website.

“He had a massive input for us on and off the field last summer in helping us gain promotion and he is a high-class individual.”AFP

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