Adam signs up for Essex

CRICKETFORMER England all-rounder Adam Hollioake will play for Essex in this year's Twenty20 Cup.The 35-year-old former Surrey player is expected to line up for the Eagles in Friday's opener when they host Middlesex.

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FORMER England all-rounder Adam Hollioake will play for Essex in this year's Twenty20 Cup.

The 35-year-old former Surrey player is expected to line up for the Eagles in Friday's opener when they host Middlesex.

Hollioake has signed on a short-term contract which will last for the duration of the competition.


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He said: "I love playing Twenty20 cricket and this fits in very nicely because, with my business commitments, it's impossible to commit to the training required to play all year round.

"With the Twenty20 Cup schedule fitting into the school holidays and this being the best time of year in England this was an offer too good to refuse.

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"I've signed for the duration of Essex's Twenty20 Cup participation and I won't be playing beyond that period.

"I'm now looking forward to getting the red gear on and seeing how I'll do."

Essex chief executive David East added: "It's great news - there is no question he is a very fine player who will add enormous value to our side.'

Hollioake captained Surrey to the Twenty20 Cup in its inaugural year - 2003 - before leading his team to the final again the following year.

The Australian-born all-rounder, who played four Test matches and 35 one-day internationals for England, averaged 28.55 in Twenty20 for Surrey at a strike-rate of 147.70.

With the ball he claimed 36 victims in 14 matches with a strike-rate of a wicket every 8.36 balls.

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