County news May 7, 2013

Dwayne Smith back at Sussex for T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies allrounder, has been re-signed by Sussex as an overseas player for the Friends Life t20. Smith previously played in all formats for the county on a Kolpak agreement in 2008 and 2009, then as an overseas T20 signing the following year.

Smith hit 59 from 26 balls to help Sussex to victory in the 2009 Twenty20 Cup final, part of a limited-overs double with the Pro40 league, which they also won in 2008. Smith, 30, who is currently playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, will join former New Zealand international Scott Styris as Sussex's overseas players, after a deal for John Hastings fell through.

"I'm very happy to be joining Sussex again," Smith said. "I can't wait to get back to my second home and the lovely crowd at Hove."

Having played 87 ODIs, to go with 10 Tests and 17 T20 internationals, Smith last week missed out on selection for West Indies' Champions Trophy squad. Sussex, who were beaten semi-finalists in last season's FLt20, will begin their campaign at home to Surrey on June 28.

Sussex's professional cricket manager, Mark Robinson, said: "Dwayne has the ability to win games by himself with the bat, he is a more-than-useful bowler and he is one of the best fielders ever to have been seen at Hove. He is immensely popular with the players, the members and the sponsors and everybody is excited about his return."