Somerset sign Kiwi big hitter Corey Anderson for T20 campaign

CoreySomerset have signed New Zealand World Cup star Corey Anderson for the second half of this season’s NatWest T20 Blast competition.

The 24 year old recently smashed 75 off just 46 balls to help set up New Zealand’s comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the opening game of the World Cup at Christchurch. He also took three key wickets for just 18 runs in his country’s win over Scotland in Dunedin.

A left-handed batsman and left-arm fast medium bowler, Anderson has played in 10 Test Matches, 30 One Day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals for New Zealand and is a powerful striker of the ball.

In early 2014 he set a new record for the fastest century in one-day cricket when he reached three figures in just 36 balls against West Indies at Queenstown.

The all-rounder who has also turned out for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has played in a total of 52 T20 matches in his career so far, in which he averages 19.41 with the bat and 34.83 with the ball.

Anderson said: “I have always wanted to play domestic cricket in England so I am very pleased to have signed to play T20 cricket for Somerset. I look forward to linking up with Somerset later in the season and continuing the strong link that there has always been between the club and players from New Zealand.”

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Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “I am absolutely delighted that Corey is able to join us straight after the New Zealand tour to England concludes. He is a very talented all-rounder and really strikes the ball coming in lower in the order which is vital in T20 cricket. We are very well served at the top of the order so he will add a bit of strength lower down as the competition goes along.

“Sohail Tanveer will play the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast competition and Corey will be playing with us from Game 8 through to game 14 after which goes off with New Zealand on another tour.

Maynard added: “Corey is a really good signing for us and we are very excited to have such a talented player on board. He is a dynamic cricketer who will bring the crowds into the County Ground.”

Corey2Our reaction: Corey Anderson is a very exciting signing by Somerset who were badly in need of a finisher in T20 cricket last summer. He is an explosive hitter who can take an opposition attack apart and pick up key wickets with his fast-medium pace. His is also a very astute signing by Maynard. Anderson will join Somerset after a tour of England with New Zealand, so will already be fully acclimatised to English conditions by the time he arrives in Taunton. We look forward to welcoming him to the County Ground in the summer.