Kiwi star hopes to be big hit at Hampshire

04 May 2021 19:43:55 GMTPlus10

Hampshire have strengthened their squad for this summer's T20 Blast with the signing of New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.

The Zimbabwe-born 34-year-old says he is excited about the talent at the club and is looking forward to joining Hampshire after New Zealand's inaugural World Test Championship final against India.

The Black Caps' two-Test series against England starts at Lord's on 2nd June before they take on India at the Rose Bowl, Hampshire's home ground, on 18th June.

De Grandhomme has become a key player in all three formats for New Zealand, playing 24 Test matches, 42 ODIs and 36 Twenty20 internationals.

He played in the 2019 World Cup final against England, claiming the big wicket of Joe Root, and has scored three half-centuries in 34 T20 innings.

The hard-hitting right-hander played for Birmingham Bears in the 2017 Blast, helping them reach the final at Edgbaston. He took 1-4 in the one over he bowled and scored 27 off 19 balls but couldn't prevent Nottinghamshire winning by 22 runs.

Hampshire, now captained by James Vince, won the tournament in 2010 and 2012 but finished bottom of the South Group last summer, losing seven of their nine completed matches.

In a statement on the club's official website, De Grandhomme said: "I have always enjoyed playing county cricket and I'm really looking forward to joining up with Hampshire for this year's T20 Blast.

"The club has a very talented group of players and I am hopeful that I can contribute with some good performances throughout the T20 campaign this summer."

Hampshire are 12/1 to win the County Championship this summer while New Zealand are 8/1 to lift the T20 World Cup 2021.

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