Sussex have made their first signing of the winter after recruiting New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris for their Twenty20 Cup campaign.
The 36-year-old, who has played t20 for Essex for the last two years, will be available for all the Sharks’ matches in June and July.
It will be Styris’s fourth stint of t20 with an English county, having also played for Durham and Middlesex, while his IPL spells with Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers make him one of the most experienced players Sussex have ever had in the shortest format of the game.
Styris said: “I love playing in the UK, and I feel privileged to have played for a couple of great clubs. While I am sad to be leaving Essex, where I have enjoyed the last two seasons, I’m really excited about joining Sussex in June and July for the T20 competition.
“Sussex has been a powerhouse in one-day cricket in recent years and I look forward to contributing to the team and working with Mark Robinson and Mike Yardy during my time at Hove, and getting stuck into winning a trophy.”
Sussex coach Mark Robinson said: “Scott has been a real thorn in our side in the last couple of years for Essex and we are really pleased he has decided to join us.
“We have lacked someone who is able to come in during the middle overs and be able to clear the ropes, and Scott – as we’ve seen to our cost – is proven at doing this.
“His experience and his all-round capabilities will mean he will be a real addition to the t20 squad.”