Tom Bruce Biography
Tom Bruce is an aggressive Kiwi batsman who has already built a reputation for himself within domestic circles in the country. He has the ability to hit powerful strokes on both sides of the wicket coupled with a customary clean swing. Bruce is surely one of the players to look forward to in next few years.
The burly right-hander attended Wanganui Collegiate School and quickly rose through the ranks, thanks to his big-hitting exploits. 2016 turned out to be a breakthrough year for the youngster as he put up some spirited performances in the Super Smash tournament.
His innings of 74 off 41 balls against Wellington and unbeaten 61 off 29 balls against Otago was enough to convince the selectors that the now 27-year old was good enough to play at the senior level.
Bruce, having already earned the reputation of being one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball, made his debut T20 international against Bangladesh at McLean Park. Unfortunately, he was run out for just seven in his first innings.
Rise to Glory
Bruce didn’t take too long in making a mark at the international level though, showing his prowess with an undefeated 59 against Bangladesh in the just second match of his career.
Having entered the international scene with an awe-inspiring strike-rate and average combination of 174 and 76 in 2017 Super Smash Tournament, Bruce earned praise from former cricketer and current selector Gavin Larsen for his thunderous power-hitting.
With more teams looking for multi-dimensional players in modern day cricket, Bruce with his off-break bowling can also provide a part-time bowling option to his skipper.
Having made his mark as a T20 player, Bruce is also a vital cog in Central Districts’ middle order in first-class cricket.
With enough first-class experience under his belt, Bruce can be expected to move up the ranks, provided he makes most of the opportunities that he is provided at the highest level.