SOMERSET'S newest overseas signing Rilee Rossouw was at the Cooper Associates County Ground for a final practice session on Tuesday morning before setting off for the Cidermen’s opening Vitality Blast match against Kent at Canterbury on Wednesday evening.

The stylish top order left handed South African batsman will need no introduction to Somerset supporters because they will remember his match winning innings of 156 that he played against them for Hampshire in the Royal London Cup in 2017.

Now Rossouw is going to be playing for Somerset, so how did he feel about that?

“It’s interesting to be back here at Taunton and to meet up with my new team mates. The whole place is buzzing and Im very excited to be here. Taunton is one of the best batting tracks in England so I am really excited to start my time here with Somerset.

“Wherever I can help both on or off the field Id like to because I have got a lot of experience, and if I can help some of the youngsters get through that next step or reach the next level they face I will definitely try.

“Just because I’m playing doesn’t promise Somerset are going to reach the finals again its a process of a game at a time but hopefully I can have some type of positive affect on the team.’

“I have only recently met all of the guys recently but from what I have seen over the last couple of days I feel very positive.

“The history of Somerset is pretty impressive and a number of South Africans have played here like Graeme Smith. This is a club with a lot of heritage and I proud to be a part of.

Does stepping into the shoes of some previous South Africans bring added pressure?

“Not all, playing cricket is something that I do and I enjoy. Whether I perform or not its for me to enjoy what happens on the field. Obviously victory is more enjoyable so thats what we want to start with and be at the forefront. I’m going to go out and enjoy my game and do the best that I can do.

“I love all of the English culture and I want to get to know all of the boys in the changing room ,its all about enjoying success with Somerset.

“If I could choose I would play here at Taunton every season because the pitch and the field is so beautiful. Its much smaller than Hampshire so I’m really looking forward to being here.”

Finally has Rossouw got a message for Somerset supporters who come along on Sunday to watch his first home game?

“Don’t just come and shout for me, shout for Somerset for the club and for the guys who are putting in the hard work. We want to succeed and we want to lift the trophy which is what we strive for.”