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Glos Cricket sign Australian star Andrew Tye

By meena alexander, Thursday Dec 17, 2015

Gloucestershire Cricket has signed rising Australian T20 star Andrew Tye as their second overseas player for the third NatWest T20 Blast in 2016.

The 29-year-old right arm fast bowler – a teammate of Gloucestershire’s Michael Klinger at Perth Scorchers – was a key part of their victorious Big Bash League 4 campaign.

Tye took 14 wickets at an average of 18.3 and a strike rate of 16, prompting Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch to describe him as the “find of the tournament” on Twitter.  

Andrew said: “I am delighted to have signed for Gloucestershire Cricket for the NatWest T20 Blast. I have heard great things about the club from many sources, including my Perth Scorchers teammate. I look forward to linking up with Maxy, Richard Dawson and the rest of my team mates in 2016.” 

A late bloomer, Tye only made his professional debut in 2013 at the age of 26. 

A specialist death bowler and clean-hitting lower order batsman, Tye’s form in the 2014/15 season saw him secure a contract with the Chennai Super Kings

Despite hailing from Perth, Tye will be no stranger to English conditions, having played Second XI cricket for Somerset, Durham and Northants in the past.

He will be available for the duration of Gloucestershire’s NatWest Blast, which kicks off under floodlights against Sussex Sharks at the Bristol County Ground on Friday May 20. 

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: “I saw him last year in the Big Bash where he was very impressive in helping Perth Scorchers win the competition.”

“We are looking to make improvements in T20 cricket this year and get through the group stages. Andrew will help us achieve that. He is a highly skilled bowler who will significantly add to our T20 cricket.”

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