Black Caps World Cup cult hero Grant Elliott to retire from international cricket with English T20 deal

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Black Caps all-rounder Grant Elliott is to announce his retirement from international cricket, having signed an T20 overseas deal with England's Birmingham Bears.

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Elliott played a key role in New Zealand's run to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final, with a man of the match performance in the semi-final victory over South Africa.

The 38-year old will join the side on a controversial Kolpak deal, meaning his status as an overseas player does not count towards Birmingham's restriction of two players so long as he becomes ineligible for his country.

Birmingham director of sport Ashley Giles welcomed Elliott's signing, saying he was a prized addition ahead of the 2017 season.

"Grant has proven himself as a match-winner on the biggest stage. He top scored in the final and semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 and he has a wealth of T20 experience, having played in several of the world's leading competitions," Giles said.

Elliott has not played for New Zealand since the 2016 World T20 in India, and will join fellow Black Caps Jeetan Patel and Colin de Grandhomme as a part of the Birmingham squad.

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