Former South African champion Morne Morkel will make a late-season BBL cameo after signing with Perth.
The towering fast bowler will line-up in the Scorchers' last regular season fixture against the Sydney Thunder on January 26, replacing Englishman Chris Jordan.
Morkel could feature in up to five games if Perth finishes in fourth or fifth on the ladder and manage to advance to the final.
It's a massive boost for the franchise, who sit fourth on the ladder with a 5-6 record after collapsing against ladder-leaders the Melbourne Stars on Saturday.
"Losing CJ (Jordan) is going to hurt us, but we wanted someone with experience; Morne's got a wealth of that," Scorchers captain Mitch Marsh said.
"I've spent a little bit of time with him playing against him and he's a ripping bloke... We might be able to get out and do a bit of fishing together."
Morkel captured 309 wickets during his 86-Test career with the Proteas, retiring after South Africa's 3-1 series win against Australia in 2018.
But he's continued playing Twenty20 cricket, last featuring for the Spartans in the South Africa's Mzansi Super League in December.
"Once we knew CJ (Jordan) had been picked in the England side we knew that we would need a replacement," Scorches coach Adam Voges said.
"And Morne was always at the top of the list. We're going to get Morne to Perth next week and he'll be around the group for a week or so before he plays."
After Morkel's retirement from international cricket, he moved to Sydney with his wife, sports journalist Roz Kelly.
He's spoken about gaining permanent residency in Australia, which could make him available as a local BBL player.
"There was a fair bit of discussion between the teams at the start of the tournament about who was potentially going to sign him," Stars captain Glenn Maxwell told reporters.
"That's an unbelievable signing if you get him, then potentially get him as a local.
"He's a hell of a signing; he's still a big fast bowler who can still send them down and scare some people."
Australian Associated Press