Somerset replace Anderson with Ronchi

Somerset have announced the signing of New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi for five T20 Blast matches in June and July, and he is replacing injured countryman Corey Anderson.

The all-rounder was ruled out of the Black Caps' tour to England with a back injury and sent home, meaning Somerset lost an international, and with Ronchi handily already in the country, it was a simple choice.

Ronchi, raised in Australia, has scored 263 runs in 15 T20's at an average of 32.87 whilst he averages 29.45 in ODI’s with a highest score of 170 not out.  Ronchi made his Test debut against England in May scoring 88 in the first innings.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: "Luke is a quality player with plenty of International experience.  Any new addition must add something to the squad and he will certainly do that.  

"He is an excellent ‘keeper, an explosive batsman and I am sure that our Members and supporters will enjoy the brand of cricket that he plays."

His first match will be against Middlesex on 26 June.