Colly heads for England

(BBC) County champions Sussex have boosted their seam attack by signing West Indies Test regular Corey Collymore.

The 30-year-old Bajan has agreed a one-year deal, subject to clearance from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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 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 European Union has the same rights as a European worker”.

Barbados is one of 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.