Rilee Rossouw targets new deal at Hampshire and chance to strut stuff in The Hundred

Rilee Rossouw is eager to pledge his future to Hampshire.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 12:48 am
Updated Thursday, 25th July 2019, 9:29 am
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Rilee Rossouw of Hampshire bats during the Royal London One Day Cup Semi-Final match between Hampshire and Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl on May 12, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The former South Africa international is out of contract at the end of the season.

However, the 29-year-old has revealed he is in talks about extending his stay at the Ageas Bowl.

And the destructive left-hander is hopeful those discussions will pay off very soon after falling in love with Hampshire since his arrival in 2017.

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Rossouw, who hit 125 in the county’s Royal London One-Day Cup final win at Lord’s last summer, said: ‘I hope to be back again next season.

‘I love Hampshire, I love my cricket here and I love the south of England, so hopefully I can stay.

‘We are still in talks but I think it is just a case of dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s.’

Rossouw, who played 36 one-day and 15 T20 internationals for the Proteas, is eager to play in The Hundred next summer.

The 100-ball competition will be launched in July 2020 – when eight city-based franchises will go head-to-head in men’s and women’s tournaments.

Rossouw knows an impressive Vitality Blast campaign this term will put him in the shop window for a lucrative deal.

‘I would like to think if I do well this season I can be in with a shout for The Hundred,’ he added.

‘It is definitely one of my goals next season, so hopefully I can put in some good performances in the Blast and get selected.’

Hampshire continue their Blast campaign at Sussex on Wednesday night (7pm) before travelling to Somerset on Friday (6.30pm).