Sussex sign all-rounder Dwayne Smith for Friends Life t20

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith returns to Sussex as their second overseas player for Friends Life t20

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

Sussex have secured the services of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith for this year’s Friends Life t20 after fast-bowler John Hastings was ruled out through injury.

The Australian seamer had to pull out of his proposed move to Hove to undergo surgery on his left ankle but the county have moved quickly to find a suitable replacement.

Smith played for the Sharks between 2008 and 2010 as a Kolpak signing, but having returned to the international setup, he now qualifies as an overseas player.

The hard-hitting batsman is one of the finest fielders in the world and his useful medium-pace bowling means he is an extremely valuable all-rounder to any side.

The 30-year-old helped Sussex win the NatWest Pro40 in 2008, a title they retained in 2009, as well as lifting the Twenty20 Cup in the same year.

His quick-fire half-century helped Sussex overcome Somerset in the final of T20 Cup.

“Dwayne has the ability to win games by himself with the bat. He is [also] a more than useful bowler and he is one of the best fielders ever seen at Hove. Everybody is excited about his return,” Sussex manager Mark Robinson said.

The Barbados-born player is currently representing Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and will join Scott Styris as Sussex’s overseas signings for the Friends Life t20 which starts in June.

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