Van Zyl agrees three-year deal with Sussex


Protea’s batsman Stiaan van Zyl will be joining Sussex County Cricket Club on a three-year deal beginning in the English summer of 2017, the club have announced.

Van Zyl will complete the South African domestic season with the Cape Cobras before jetting off to the Hove to join up with the club.

The left-hander has played 12 Tests for South Africa, making an unbeaten ton on debut before an unsuccessful attempt to convert him into an opener ended with him being dropped from the Proteas squad.

Van Zyl has scored 7873 first class runs at an average of 42.55 including 18 hundreds and 37 half centuries and his gentle medium pace bowling has earned him 52 wickets in 132 matches.

Of the move Van Zyl said: “I am very excited to be joining such a prestigious club as Sussex and can’t wait to be contributing on and off the field, especially with the youngsters coming through.

“I look forward to scoring plenty of runs and taking plenty of wickets in the new county season and aiming to help Sussex towards silverware next season.

“I would also like to thank all the coaching staff and board members for the opportunity for the next three years.”

On behalf of the club Sussex’s Head Coach Mark Davis expressed delight at capturing the talented 29-year-old.

Davis said: “We are delighted to have Stiaan joining us at Sussex Cricket. He is an established first-class cricketer of immense talent and has also represented South Africa in 12 Test matches.

“Stiaan brings a wealth of experience to the team, which is a crucial ingredient to our young developing squad. His medium pace bowling should also not be underestimated.

“To have a top order batsman who is able to bowl seam is a very important element in balancing our team for next season. He is a player who plays all formats of the game, which is another crucial part of our strategy moving forward.

“To have a player of this calibre choosing to play his cricket in England, and committing himself to Sussex, will be a huge boost to the club.”