A leader in every sense

In the hurly burly of T20, where a match can get away from you in seconds, the ability to stay cool and composed is a priceless one. In captain Grant Elliott, the Bears have Mr Unflappable.

Now retired from international cricket after a great career with New Zealand, Grant brings masses of experience, nous and quality to the role of skipper. Hugely admired and respected throughout the world, he has pretty much seen and done it all in cricket - even playing on a frozen lake at St Moritz this spring. Nothing fazes him!

A swing-bowler and calm, skilful batsman, Grant played 83 ODIs, five Tests and 16 T20Is for the Black Caps after making his ODI debut at Edgbaston back in 2008 when he took an immediate liking to the ground, taking three for 23 against England.

Grant went on to become a huge part of the resurgent Blackcaps squad, top-scoring in the semi-final and final of the 2015 World Cup, and his success has continued beyond his international career. Last year, alongside fellow Birmingham star Jeetan Patel, he helped power Wellington Firebirds to the McDonalds Super Smash T20 trophy in New Zealand before steering the Bears to Finals Day.

Captain Elliot is a man who sets the bar high - and invariably clears it.