Tom Bruce is a top-order right-handed batsman who plays for New Zealand and for Central District in the domestic arena. He is also a handy bowler and bowls right-arm off break. Born on 2 August 1991 in King Country, Bruce made his name in domestic cricket by his skills of clean hitting and sweep slogging. He dominantly scores between point and long-off. He is known for scoring a half-century on debut in List A, first-class and T20 formats.
New Zealand, New Zealand A, Sussex, Central Stags, Central Districts, New Zealand XI
Bruce made his List A debut for Central District against Otago on 28 January 2015 in the 3rd preliminary final of The Ford Trophy. He scored 88 runs in 65 balls at a strike rate of 135. 38 in a winning cause. Central District went on to win the trophy later in the final. Central District gave him his first-class debut against Otago in February 2015. He scored 54 runs in 80 balls. He scored 654 runs in 10 games of his first season at an average of 38.47.
Tom Bruce made his domestic T20 debut against Otago in November 2015. He scored 82 runs in 51 balls at a strike rate of 160.78 in a losing cause. He was the second leading run-scorer for Central District next to Mahela Jayawardene. Bruce made a roar in 2016 by hitting 74 from 41 against Wellington and 61 not out from 29 against Otago in back-to-back games. Bruce was handed his T20I debut against Bangladesh on 3 January 2017. He scored 7 runs in his first game. In his second game, he scored 59 runs at a strike rate of 151.28 in a winning cause. He became regular in the team until New Zealand’s tour of Australia in 2018. He was dropped as a result of a series of poor performances.
In 2018 he was signed by Sussex for T20 Blast. He scored 62 runs only at a strike rate of 95.38. However, he managed to get back in shape in the Super Smash 2018-19 by scoring 353 runs in 11 games at an average of 39.22 and a strike rate of 157.58. He received the Super Smash Men’s Player of the Year Award in March 2019. Bruce made his T20I comeback against Sri Lanka in September 2019. His crucial partnership with Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand win the game and the series. He scored 53 runs at a strike rate of 115.21.
In 17 T20Is, Tom Bruce has scored 279 runs at an average of 18.60 and a strike rate of 122.36. He has been run out 30% of the time in the 17 innings he played.