Anderson makes Blast return

28 February 2018 05:44:52 EST

Somerset have re-signed explosive New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson for this summer's Vitality T20 Blast.

The hard-hitting left-hander's strike rate of 184.41 in 2017 was second only to Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales, but he was forced home after four matches due to a stress fracture of the back.

The 27-year-old will be available for the entire competition, which begins with a home clash against local rivals Gloucestershire at Taunton on July 6th.

"I'm really excited to be returning to Somerset for this year's T20 Blast," said Anderson.

"Having had my time at Taunton cut short with injury last season, I feel I have unfinished business and I hope I can help Somerset go all the way in 2018."

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry added: "We are delighted to have secured Corey for the entire Vitality Blast campaign.

"I believe that continuity throughout this competition is going to be key in achieving success and therefore it was crucial for us to be able to bring in a high-quality player who would be available for the duration of the tournament.

"Corey has a vast amount of experience and is very well known here at Somerset. His all-round ability will have a huge impact on our performances."

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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