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Colin de Grandhomme to be part of Birmingham Bears for Natwest T20 Blast

Colin de Grandhomme (right) is set to make his Natwest T20 Blast debut
Colin de Grandhomme (right) is set to make his Natwest T20 Blast debut

Birmingham Bears have acquired the services of New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for the upcoming edition of Natwest T20 Blast.

The 30-year-old has played 100 Twenty20 games and has an astonishing strike-rate of 171 with an average of 26 and his performances for Auckland Aces in McDonald’s Supersmash T20 where he scored 139 runs from four games at a strike-rate of 220 helped him grab a place in the national team.

De Grandhomme has played four Tests, nine One-Day Internationals and eight T20Is for the Black Caps and his ability to contribute with both bat and the ball makes him an impactful player.

Warwickshire sports director Ashley Giles believes de Grandhomme's all-round ability can provide a lot of flexibility to the squad.

“Colin is a perfect addition to the team for our 2017 campaign, adding the batting firepower that we desire in our middle order, whilst adding depth to our bowling attack as an experienced seamer bowler.

“His batting strike rate is unparalleled in the professional game. He has been in the best form of his career this winter and his power and ability to clear the boundary makes him on of the most exciting batsmen in the game.

“I have spoken previously about needing to recruit cricketers who are not only talented, but are hungry for success, can play the entire campaign and have the right character to become a Bear. We certainly get this with Colin and look forward to seeing him join up with the squad in July.”

Meanwhile, de Grandhomme is looking forward to his debut in Natwest T20 Blast.

"As a New Zealand cricketer, I am really excited by the opportunity to play to become a Bear. I look forward to meeting Ashley, the team, staff and its Members in July and working together to achieve our goal of a home Finals Day at Edgbaston," added the New Zealand all-rounder.

Apart from de Grandhomme, New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel will also feature for Birmingham Bears in the 2017 season.

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