Auckland Aces have announced four overseas recruits for this summer’s HRV Twenty20 competition, starting next month.
Veteran Australian batsman Brad Hodge returns to Eden Park, while English all-rounders Luke Wright and David Willey will play for the Aces, as will Auckland-born James Fuller.
Fuller is currently registered as a domestic player for Gloucestershire in county cricket, although he helped Otago to the HRV title last summer.
Aces coach Matt Horne said: “To secure these guys for the HRV Twenty20 is really huge for us. All of them are proven Twenty20 performers, and each one gives us something different. We think they’ll provide us with some real strikepower, and we’re looking forward to them joining us from November.”
Hodge played the first game of last summer’s competition for the Aces, but will only marginally have a longer stay this term. He plays the first three fixtures. Wright, a former Wellington player, will feature in two matches.
Willey, who misses only the first three matches, starred for Northamptonshire as they won the English Twenty20 in 2013. He scored a 19-ball fifty and took a hat-trick in the final against Surrey in August. He bats left-handed and bowls left-arm seamers. He is the son of former England player Peter.
Fuller is available for the entire competition for last season’s preliminary finalists. The Aces had won the previous two NZ Twenty20 titles.
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