Birmingham Bears sign veteran New Zealander Grant Elliott for NatWest T20 Blast

Warwickshire confirmed the 38-year-old batting all-rounder's arrival this season, as a non-overseas player - a factor which means he is calling time on a nine-year international career which has brought him 104 caps for the Kiwis across the formats.

Elliott, who last played for his country at the ICC World Twenty20 against England in Delhi exactly 12 months ago, helped New Zealand reach the final of the 2015 World Cup.

Confirming the signing, Warwickshire's sport director Ashley Giles said: "Grant has proven himself as a match-winner on the biggest stage.

"He top scored in the final and semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 and he has a wealth of T20 experience, having played in several of the world's leading competitions.

"Securing Grant, and the earlier addition of (fellow New Zealand all-rounder) Colin de Grandhomme, gives us the additional batting firepower that we wanted to complement a strong top order. He also gives us even more options with the ball and has good experience of English conditions."

Elliott, who has previously played for Surrey and Leicestershire, said: "I'm very excited to have signed for Birmingham Bears to play in the NatWest 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."

  Grant Elliott will play for Birmingham Bears in this summer's NatWest Blast
Grant Elliott will play for Birmingham Bears in this summer's NatWest Blast