New Zealand middle-order batsman, Tom Bruce has been roped in by Sussex for the forthcoming season of the Natwest T20 Blast.

The County side announced the news on 6th June, Wednesday. Bruce can execute the big shots to good effect and has already represented New Zealand in 14 T20I’s.

However, he is yet to make his debut either in the ODI format nor in the longest format. As per reports, the 26-year old Bruce will be available for all the 14 games for Surrey. He will serve as a replacement for the injured Stiaan van Zyl. The Proteas batsman will miss the forthcoming season of the Natwest T20 Blast after sustaining a knee injury very recently.

He will miss the majority of the tournament owing to the injury. However, given the power-hitting abilities Bruce possesses, his inclusion will strengthen the team. He has a career strike rate of 150.39. His replacement will surely not dent the prospect of Sussex in the upcoming season.

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Jason Gillespie has his say on the replacement

“The injury to Stiaan van Zyl forced us to reassess our squad, and we’ve decided that we need to bring in a quality overseas batsman for the duration of the tournament,” head coach Jason Gillespie said.

“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.”

In his brief T20I career for New Zealand, Bruce has scored 958 runs at an average of 28.17. He is a powerful striker of the ball. Bruce made his international debut for the Kiwis in January 2017. He was already in England playing league cricket. He made four appearances for the 2nd string Surrey side.

The swashbuckling batsman smashed a breathtaking 172 off 135 deliveries against Sussex a couple of weeks ago.

Bruce in all likelihood is expected to make his debut for the Sussex senior side on 8th June. Sussex will lock horns against the 2018 Aboriginal XI at Hove.

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