Somerset have re-signed all-rounder Corey Anderson for the upcoming season of Vitality Blast. The New Zealander will be available for all group stage matches, including the quarter-final. He is the club’s second overseas signing.
Anderson had a fruitful season with the club in 2018, scoring 514 runs at a strike rate of 169.07. He also appeared for Somerset in 2017 but his stint was cut short by injury. Anderson will form a powerful batting line-up for Somerset which already includes Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory and Tom Abell.
Having last represented New Zealand in 2018, his career has been plagued with injuries – which effectively kept him out of the last year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
“I’m looking forward to playing for Somerset again next summer. The Club has a great squad and the atmosphere in the dressing room is one of the best I’ve experienced,” he said as quoted by Somerset CCC.
“The supporters are very knowledgeable and get right behind the team. It’s a great place to play cricket and hopefully I can help the Club go one better than we did in 2018 and make the Vitality Blast final.”
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry, termed Anderson as one of the best T20 players around the world. “Corey has made a big impression both on and off the field for the Club in his two previous stints with us,” he said.
“He was one of the first names mentioned when it came to considering our overseas players for next season because he is one of the best T20 players in the world and he was extremely popular with the playing staff and also with our Members and supporters.
“His contributions in 2018 were absolutely outstanding and he was one of the main reasons that we reached Finals Day that year. I can’t speak highly enough of him as a competitor and as a man. As a Club we are delighted that he will be joining us again in 2020.”