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Elliott ends NZ career with English deal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

Veteran allrounder Grant Elliott has called time on his late-blooming New Zealand international career.

The 38-year-old has signed for a season with England's Birmingham Bears in the Twenty20 Blast as a non-overseas player, effectively making himself ineligible for the Black Caps.

Elliott confirmed his decision via Twitter.

"Loved playing with the @BLACKCAPS and to have made some special friendships along the way. A team environment I will never forget," he wrote.

South African-born Elliott played five Tests and 99 limited overs internationals after making his New Zealand debut as a 29-year-old in 2009.

His selection wasn't always assured but he forged a solid career which reached its peak at the 2015 World Cup, co-hosted by New Zealand.

Elliott played his part in a dizzying run to the final, most notably hitting Dale Steyn for a match-winning six in the final over of the semi-final against South Africa at Eden Park.

Wellington-based Elliott last played for New Zealand at the World Twenty20 in India a year ago.

Warwickshire's sport director Ashley Giles was thrilled to sign Elliott alongside another New Zealand allrounder, Colin de Grandhomme.

"Grant has proven himself as a match-winner on the biggest stage," he said.

"He has a wealth of T20 experience, having played in several of the world's leading competitions."

Elliott has previously played for Surrey and Leicestershire.

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