Sussex Add International Batsman For T20 Campaign

Credit: John Sutton

Sussex Cricket have signed New Zealand international batsman Tom Bruce for the duration of their 2018 Vitality Blast campaign.

The 26-year-old will be available for all 14 of the team’s matches in the South Group, as well as the knock-out stages should the Sharks progress.

Supporters will have their first chance to see Bruce in a Sussex shirt this Friday 8th June, however, when he forms part of the men’s side that takes on the 2018 Aboriginal XI at The County Ground in Hove.

Bruce has played 14 T20 internationals for the Black Caps since making his debut against Bangladesh at Napier in January 2017. His top score to date of 59 not out off 39 balls came in the same series. His most recent international appearance came during the tri-series between New Zealand, Australia and England earlier this year.

Commenting on his latest signing, Sussex Sharks head coach Jason Gillespie said: “The injury to Stiaan van Zyl forced us to reassess our squad for the Vitality Blast and we’ve decided that we need to bring in a quality overseas batsman for the duration of the tournament.

“Tom has experience on the biggest stage with New Zealand and is exactly the type of dynamic middle order stroke maker we’re looking for.

“To have him available for the entirety of the competition will offer us continuity, which is very important in tournament cricket.

“We can’t wait to welcome Tom in to the dressing room, where I’m sure he’s going to fit in really well.

“He’ll be looking forward to showing everyone how good a player he is and I know Sussex supporters are going to really enjoy watching him play.”

Bruce himself added: “I’m very excited to have signed with Sussex Sharks for the entire Vitality Blast. It’s a great opportunity at a great county and I’m excited to meet the team staff and prepare for the upcoming campaign.”

Sussex Sharks begin their Vitality Blast campaign on Wednesday 4th July against Essex Eagles at Chelmsford, with their first home fixture following on Friday 13th July against Surrey.

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