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Collymore lands Sussex contract

Runako Morton and Corey Collymore
Collymore (right) celebrates a wicket against England last summer

County champions Sussex have boosted their seam attack by signing West Indies Test player Corey Collymore.

The 30-year-old has agreed a one-year deal, which was cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday.

He will replace Australian Ryan Harris, who left the club after one appearance in a pre-season friendly.

"I've been itching to come over and play county cricket and to be picked by the champions has filled me with confidence," Collymore commented.

He has played 30 Tests and 84 one-day internationals, and although his last cap was on last summer's tour to England, he is still 11th in the LG ICC Test bowling rankings.


Collymore will be registered as a non-overseas player, under the terms of the Kolpak ruling, which states that "any citizen of a country with an associate agreement with the EU [European Union] has the same rights as a European worker".

His native Barbados is one a number of Caribbean nations to have an agreement with the EU, along with South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"Obviously with the departure of Ryan Harris, we have been keen to bring in a new bowler.

"With his international experience and excellent work ethic, Corey fits the bill perfectly," said Sussex manager Mark Robinson.

Collymore has previous experience of county cricket, having had a spell with Warwickshire in 2003.

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