SOMERSET have signed South African ODI batsman Colin Ingram to replace Alviro Petersen who is off to play Test cricket for five weeks from July 11 until August 14.

Ingram is stylish left handed top order batsman who has played in 31 One Day Internationals for South Africa and domestically he is a prolific scorer of runs and averages moe than 40 in 50-over cricket.

The 28-year-old represented his country in the Champions Trophy last year here in England where he scored a match-winning 73 against the West Indies to take his team through into the semi-finals stage.

Colin Ingram said: “I am really looking forward to joining Somerset.

“It will be my first experience of County Cricket and I can’t wait to experience the vibe around it which everyone talks about.

“Cricket wise I just want to get stuck in and perform for the team and keep on delivering like Alviro has been doing.”

Dave Nosworthy, Somerset’s Director of Cricket said: “Finding quality overseas replacements is really tough these days due the various International tour schedules and also the likes of the Caribbean Premier Leagues that are happening.

“Nevertheless we have managed to source one in Colin and I am looking forward to his arrival.

“Colin has represented South Africa predominantly in One Day Internationals and will fit the gap perfectly left by Alviro.”

During Petersen’s five week absence Somerset have one LV=Championship match, seven Royal London 50 over matches, and a minimum of four NatWest Blast T20 matches.

Nosworthy added: “Colin is a quality player who will add real value to our team.

“He is also a quality person which is also crucial to our requirements as a team here at the County Ground.”

Petersen has been called up by South Africa for their series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

The top order batsman has already played in 30 Test Matches for his country Petersen said: “Having had such a good start to my season with Somerset of course I am very disappointed to be having to spend time away.

“However it is always an honour to be picked for my country and I look forward to returning to pick up my season back at the County Ground later in August.”

Nosworthy said: “Congratulations to Alviro once again for being chosen to represent his country – I have no doubt that he will perform superbly.

“Naturally it is always tough to lose one’s overseas professional but these days such signings come with the territory.”