NEW ZEALAND all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has joined Hampshire for this season’s Vitality Blast.

De Grandhomme is currently training at his soon-to-be home ground, the Ageas Bowl, ahead of the Black Caps’ Test series against England.

He will then be back in Southampton for the World Test Championship final against India and will join the county once that is over.

The 34-year-old, who has previously turned out for Warwickshire, has played 36 T20 internationals scoring 487 runs at a strike-rate of 143.23 and taking 11 wickets.

New recruit de Grandhomme said: “I have always enjoyed playing county cricket and I’m really looking forward to joining up with Hampshire Hawks for this year’s Vitality Blast.

“The club has a very talented group of players and I am hopeful that I can contribute with some good performances throughout the T20 campaign this summer.”

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White said: “We were looking to add firepower to the middle-order and Colin fits that role perfectly.

“He’s a consistent performer, brings a lot of experience and has the ability to clear the ropes.

“His strike-rate is exceptional and, alongside his skill with the ball, we feel he is an excellent fit.”