Sharma fills IPL gap for Sussex

16 February 2018 00:02:06 GMTPlus11

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma will join Sussex for the first two months of the upcoming County Championship season.

In addition to being available for the first five rounds of Division Two matches, the 29-year-old will be at Hove for all eight group matches in the Royal London Cup.

Ishant has the attributes to be very successful in early-season English conditions.

Keith Greenfield

The 81-cap bowler, who has 234 Test wickets, said: "It's a great honour to represent Sussex and I am looking forward with excitement to my maiden stint in county cricket.

"I would like to extend a special thanks to Sussex for taking note of my ongoing performances and deeming me suitable for this opportunity. I hope to add value during my time as part of the Sussex family this season."

The promotion hopefuls will have their resources tested early in the season due to the clash with the Indian Premier League and Sharma is keen to find rhythm ahead of India's tour here this summer.

Sussex's director of cricket Keith Greenfield explained: "Securing Ishant's services has been very important for us.

"Once Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan were picked up in the IPL draft, it became crucial to sign an experienced international-quality seam bowler who could provide valuable support and know-how to the rest of the seamers.

"Ishant has the attributes to be very successful in early-season English conditions and a great role model."

Meanwhile, England are 4.00 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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