Sussex add Nathan McAndrew to overseas player ranks for 2023

Nathan McAndrew celebrates a wicket Getty Images

Sussex have signed Nathan McAndrew as an overseas player for the 2023 season.

McAndrew, the 29-year-old Australian pace-bowling allrounder, will be available from April until July to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship and T20 Vitality Blast.

He will be reunited with Paul Farbrace, the Sussex head coach who signed up McAndrew while sporting director at Warwickshire, where he made seven Championship appearances, taking 20 wickets at 37.85 and scoring 278 runs at 34.75, including two fifties.

"I can't wait to get to England to play with Sussex," McAndrew said. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time in county cricket last year and I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career playing red- and white-ball cricket this season. I look forward to teaming back up with Paul Farbrace and contributing to Sussex's success."

McAndrew featured for Sydney Thunder during his eighth BBL season, taking 13 wickets in the group stages to help them qualify for the play-offs. He delivered career-best T20 bowling figures of 4 for 32 against Brisbane Heat, three of those wickets coming in the final over to save the game for his side.

Sussex bowling coach James Kirtley said: "Nathan is more than a capable batter, but it will be his bowling that will excite us. In T20 cricket he regularly bowls the pressure overs which takes courage and skill. For our T20 team to know we have someone who can be relied upon in these situations is very comforting.

"In four-day cricket he runs in all day. His experience in England last year will pay dividends as his performances got better and better. It shows he can adapt and is willing to learn and coupled with a bowling engine, I am sure Nathan will be successful at Sussex."

McAndrew joins some high-profile overseas players at the club, which has re-signed India's Cheteshwar Pujara for a second season and recently confirmed that Australia star Steven Smith would play three Championship matches in May ahead of the Ashes. Pakistan allrounder Shadab Khan will also be available for Sussex's Blast campaign.

Sussex won just one Championship match last year, finishing above only Leicestershire on the Division Two table, and they ended up seventh in the Blast's nine-team South Group.