Sussex land Bruce for Blast duty

06 June 2018 10:35:40 EST

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie is delighted to have been able to recruit batsman Tom Bruce for the whole of the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast campaign.

The 26-year-old has been drafted in to cover for an injury to Stiaan van Zyl, with Bruce having played in 14 T20 internationals for New Zealand to date.

His highest score to date is 59 not out, made in January 2017 against Bangladesh at Mount Manganui.

And Gillespie is pleased to have drafted in a player who will be available for the whole of the T20 Blast season, including, potentially the knockout stages.

He told the county's official website: "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 strokemaker 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."

Sussex are available at 13/5 to win the T20 Blast, with Surrey priced at 1212/1 and Hampshire 1212/1.

Sussex have yet to win the premier English T20 competition and have yet to even reach the showpiece final of the tournament.

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