FAST bowler Rusty Theron is set to make his debut for Sussex this evening when the Sharks open their T20 campaign against Hampshire Royals under the floodlights at Hove.
After Tuesday night’s scheduled T20 game at Kent Spitfires was rained off, tonight’s meeting at the PROBIZ County Ground starts at 7.10pm where both South African Rusty and Scott Styris will be making their FL t20 bows in Sussex colours.
26 year-old Theron was delighted to completing a deal that will see him play in all of Sussex’s Twenty20 games, writes James Herd: “I’m thrilled to be here. I came here about five years ago to play some club cricket and really enjoyed my time.”
Theron played for Brighton and Hove at club level five years ago, a factor that played a big part in his decision to join the Sharks. “It’s amazing looking back, it’s gone full circle.
“I came here as an amateur player and five years later I come back an international player and the overseas pro for Sussex.”
“I love the city, I love the people and along the way I’ve made some really good friends.”
Having played this format of cricket all over the world, including the IPL, Theron is well aware of the challenges of playing in a different country: “I think it will be a different experience. I went to the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and it’s been five years since I’ve been here in England.
“The first time I came here, it was quite an adjustment. For me it’s about settling down as quickly as possibly.
“There’s so much cricket these days you don’t have a whole lot of time to settle down. We were in India the other day, now ten days later I’m in England. You just go with it, you can’t do much about it.”
The openly excited seamer was keen to highlight the progress of the younger players as reason to look forward to the upcoming challenge: “I’m excited to see how the younger guys go, in Matt Machan, Will Beer and Ben Brown. There are some really exciting young players coming through.”
It was somewhat of a false start on Tuesday night when the Sharks’ opener with Kent Spitfires was abandoned at Canterbury without a ball being bowled so tonight will be the first action in this season’s tournament for both sides.
Sussex have named an unchanged squad from earlier in the week for tonight’s televised encounter.
The full squad: Amjad Khan, Will Beer, Ben Brown, Joe Gatting, Murray Goodwin, Chris Liddle, Matt Machan, Chris Nash, Scott Styris, Juan Theron, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.