Full name Thomas Charles Bruce
Born August 2, 1991, Te Kuiti, King Country
Current age 29 years 179 days
Major teams Central Districts, Central Districts A
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Bangladesh at Napier, Jan 3, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v India at Mount Maunganui, Feb 2, 2020 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Otago v Central Districts at Invercargill, Feb 6-9, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Central Districts v Northern Districts at Nelson, Nov 14-17, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Central Districts v Otago at New Plymouth, Jan 28, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Central Districts v Canterbury at New Plymouth, Dec 15, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Central Districts v Otago at New Plymouth, Nov 5, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Auckland v Central Districts at Auckland, Jan 23, 2021 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|52||Central D||v Auckland||Auckland||23 Jan 2021||T20|
|6||Central D||v Otago||New Plymouth||18 Jan 2021||T20|
|21||Central D||v Auckland||New Plymouth||31 Dec 2020||T20|
|2||Central D||v Northern Dis||New Plymouth||30 Dec 2020||T20|
|0/22, 1||Central D||v Wellington||Napier||27 Dec 2020||T20|
|42*||Central D||v Canterbury||New Plymouth||15 Dec 2020||LA|
|18||Central D||v Canterbury||New Plymouth||13 Dec 2020||LA|
|11||Central D||v Wellington||Palmerston North||6 Dec 2020||LA|
|3||Central D||v Otago||New Plymouth||1 Dec 2020||LA|
|39||Central D||v Otago||New Plymouth||29 Nov 2020||LA|
A big-hitting batsman with a fine eye and a clean swing, Tom Bruce made a splash in the 2015-16 Super Smash, when he hit 223 runs at strike rate of 140.25 for Central Districts. That had been his first senior T20 tournament, but only Mahela Jayawardene made more runs for the team.
Bruce favours the traditional hitting zones: he's been known to carve balls over point, and score heavily in the arc between square leg and long-on, but that is not to say his cricket is limited to slogs. There is innovation in his batting as well, as in his best form, he is capable of playing the sweep shot against the quicks.
In 2016, he hit two outstanding Super Smash innings to pique the national selectors' interest. His 74 from 41 balls against Wellington, and 61 not out off 29 balls against Otago helped earn him a call-up to the New Zealand squad for the T20 series against Bangladesh.
Though it is his T20 exploits that have made the biggest impression, Bruce has also made himself an important part of Central Districts' middle order in first-class cricket.