Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dwayne smith for 20-20

Sussex announced on Tuesday the signing of exciting West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith for the duration of their Twenty20 Cup campaign this month.

The 25-year-old, who played for Mumbai Indians in the recent Indian Premier League, was man of the match in the opening game of the 2007 World Cup against Pakistan and he also scored a blistering century on his Test debut in South Africa.

“Obviously we are excited to have Dwayne join us,” said Mark Robinson, Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager. “We’ve had to move quickly on this following injury to Mushy (Mushtaq Ahmed) and at a day’s notice I feel very lucky to have gained such a high quality player.

“Dwain impressed in the World Cup last year playing for the West Indies and is also a team-mate of Corey Collymore in Barbados so we’ve been able to gain a good inside knowledge of him.

“The fact that he bats, bowls and fields means he will, in theory, be a like for like replacement for Luke when he joins England.”

Smith, who toured England with West Indies A in 2006, has played ten Tests and 71 one-day internationals.

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