Sussex Cricket Club has made an important addition to their squad by signing New Zealand fast bowler Henry Shipley for the upcoming block of County Championship games. Currently placed second in Division Two, Sussex has been aiming to strengthen their attack after several drawn matches and the need for more firepower in their upcoming fixtures in June and July.
With key players like Steven Smith and Cheteshwar Pujara unavailable due to other commitments, Sussex had an overseas spot to fill, making it possible for Shipley to join the team and experience county cricket for the first time.
Head coach Paul Farbrace expressed his excitement about Shipley’s arrival, stating, “Henry is an exciting addition to our squad for the next four County Championship matches. We are really looking forward to Henry bringing his high level of skill to our bowling attack and helping us take 20 wickets. I would also like to extend my gratitude to New Zealand Cricket for their tremendous support in making this signing possible.”
Shipley, a 27-year-old right-arm seamer standing at an impressive 1.96 meters tall, has represented New Zealand in eight ODIs and five T20Is. In addition to his bowling prowess, he has also shown his proficiency with the bat, boasting six half-centuries to his name.
Shipley is set to make his debut for Sussex in their home game against Worcestershire, which commences on Sunday. He will also be available for matches against Glamorgan, Derbyshire, and Yorkshire.
Expressing his delight at joining Sussex, Shipley said, “I am thrilled to have signed with Sussex. The team has been performing exceptionally well in the Championship, and I am eagerly looking forward to contributing to the team’s success.”
Shipley’s arrival adds depth and skill to the Sussex bowling attack, and the team will be hoping his inclusion brings about positive results as they strive for success in the County Championship.