New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott today announced his retirement from international cricket after signing a deal to play in England’s Twenty20 competition.
The 38-year-old now joins New Zealand internationals Colin de Grandhomme and Jeetan Patel at the Birmingham Bears after signing a Kolpak deal, which means he gives up his right to play for his country and is not classed as an overseas player in county cricket.
“I'm very excited to have signed for Birmingham Bears to play in the T20 Blast. Edgbaston is a fantastic place to play cricket, and I'm really looking forward to taking to the field as a proud Bear and hope to contribute to more success for the club in 2017,” Elliott said.
The South Africa-born had smashed a six off South Africa paceman Dale Steyn to put New Zealand into their maiden World Cup cricket final in 2015.
Elliott played 83 one-day internationals and five Test matches, with his last New Zealand match in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 against England a year ago.