WORCESTERSHIRE have made two signings in a week to bolster their battling line-up ahead of next season.

Australian international Ashton Turner has agreed to become one of Worcestershire’s overseas players for the 2020 Vitality Blast.

The County have also recruited another batsman in Nottinghamshire’s Jake Libby who has penned a three-year contract at Blackfinch New Road.

Turner is available for Rapids’ entire campaign including the knockout stages and finals day if they progress through the group stages.

The 26-year-old will join forces with the County’s other overseas player, New Zealander Hamish Rutherford who is available all season and is playing all formats.

Right-hander Turner is currently in action for Australia in their home T20I Series against Pakistan having previously played last month against visiting Sri Lanka.

To date the Perth-born player has made 10 T20I and three ODI appearances.

Turner has also got a vast amount of experience in white-ball cricket and has played in the Big Bash for Perth Scorchers in every campaign since 2013-2014.

Paul Pridgeon, chairman of Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group, said: We are very pleased to sign Ashton. He is a promising, young player which fits our profile and hopefully he will fit nicely into our set-up.

“He is a top order batter, batting four or five at the moment in the Australian T20 side.

“His stats stack up. We’ve seen footage of him and have done our homework – he looks a decent player.

“He is also a terrific fielder which helps and is important in T20 cricket.”

Libby impressed his new county when scoring 100 not out in the day-night Championship match against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge in June 2018 following on from 88 in the first innings.

The Plymouth-born player struck a century on his Nottinghamshire first class debut against Sussex at Trent Bridge in late 2014 against an attack containing Steve Magoffin and Chris Jordan.

Libby was the first Nottinghamshire player to achieve that feat for 68 years.

The 26-year-old has scored five first class hundreds and totalled 2,574 runs from 55 games at 28.60 including all 14 Championship fixtures in 2018.

Pridgeon added: “We are delighted to have acquired Jake’s services.

“He spoke to other counties but made it clear he was keen to come here.

“Jake will strengthen us in terms of Championship and white-ball cricket.

“At 26, hopefully he has his best years ahead of him and he is hungry to make a big impression.”