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Corey Anderson becomes fifth player to play for two different countries at ICC T20 World Cup

Published at :June 2, 2024 at 10:22 AM
Modified at :June 2, 2024 at 3:21 PM
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Jatin Khandelwal


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Corey Anderson played for New Zealand at the 2014 and 2016 editions of the T20 World Cup.

Former New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson became the fifth player to play for two different nations at the ICC T20 World Cup when he was named in the USA’s starting XI against Canada on Saturday night in the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

The USA, who are one of the co-hosts of the tournament, took on Canada at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas to kick-start their journey at the T20 World Cup. Courtesy of Aaron Jones’ blistering knock of 94* runs off 40 balls, the USA gunned down the target of 195 runs with seven wickets in hand and 14 balls to spare.

History was made when all-rounder Corey Anderson was named on the USA’s team-sheet, as he became only the fifth cricketer to feature at the T20 World Cup for two different countries.

He had previously played for New Zealand at the 2014 and 2016 editions of the tournament. The 33-year-old all-rounder last played for the Kiwis in 2018.

Before him, the players on this list were Roelof van der Merwe, Dirk Nannes, Mark Chapman and David Wiese.

Players to play for two different countries in T20 World Cup history:

Roelof Van der Merwe – South Africa and Netherlands

Dirk Nannes – Australia and Netherlands

Mark Chapman – Hong Kong and New Zealand

David Wiese – South Africa and Namibia

Corey Anderson – New Zealand and USA

Corey Anderson takes wicket off first ball in USA vs CAN

It was a sensational start with the ball from Anderson, as he dismissed Canada opener Navneet Dhaliwal off the first ball that he bowled in the match. Dhaliwal was batting on 61, but Anderson got the better of the opener to send him back to the dressing room and give the USA a much-needed breakthrough.

Anderson bowled three overs and returned with figures of 1/29. With the bat, he scored 3* in five balls as the USA sealed the chase in 17.4 overs.

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