Overseas pro Hose to return home

Firebirds overseas pro Adam Hose will play no further part in the Burger King
Super Smash and return home to the UK due to discomfort in his right knee.

The Warwickshire
and Birmingham Bears batsman will report back to Edgbaston this week for
further assessment on a pre-patellar bursitis by the Bears medical staff.

The 26-year-old
has enjoyed a strong debut season in the Super Smash averaging 48.75 in his six
games for the Firebirds.

Warwickshire and
Birmingham Bears first team head coach Jim Troughton said they had asked Hose
to return home to ensure he is fit for the start of the English summer.

“Withdrawing Adam from his
time with the Firebirds is a precautionary measure. We cannot take any risks as
a club when it comes to his fitness for the 2019 season.

“Adam is obviously
disappointed as he has really enjoyed his cricket and the experience gained
from playing in a new competition overseas, but also from working with such a
good group of players and management.

“I’d like to personally
thank Bruce Edgar, his staff and players at Cricket Wellington for making Adam
feel so welcome during his time with the club.”

Firebirds head coach Bruce
Edgar praised Hose’s performance for Wellington.

“Adam played a key role in the games to date and it’s a
shame to lose him to injury. He is a very good player and been an excellent
contributor to the Firebirds both on and off the field, he has a bright future.

“However, it’s in his best interests to return home to
ensure full recovery from his injury. Hopefully we might get to see him again
next year.”