Since joining Sussex, Stiaan Van Zyl has scored more than 1,500 first-class at an average of over 44, despite missing much of the 2018 season through injury. @ Getty Images

English County side Sussex announced on Thursday that former South Africa batsman Stiaan van Zyl has extended his Kolpak deal. Van Zyl, 31, who penned a three-year deal in 2016, smashed an unbeaten 101 in Sussex’s six-wicket win over Durham recently.

“He’s a senior batsman of international quality who contributes significantly with his performances,” head coach Jason Gillespie was quoted as saying on the club’s website.

“Stiaan sets a great example in his approach to his preparation and how he goes about things out in the middle.”

Since joining Sussex, Van Zyl has scored more than 1,500 first-class at an average of over 44, despite missing much of the 2018 season through injury. He has also scored 400 runs in 17 one-day and T20 appearances and has taken 14 wickets across all formats. “I am extremely grateful to sign an extension with Sussex,” Van Zyl told Sussex’s website. (ALSO READ: I want to play Test cricket for England: Duanne Olivier)

“Since starting in 2017, I’ve enjoyed every second at the club and with my team-mates. I’m looking forward to many more games with this wonderful club.”

Sussex have not revealed the duration of Van Zyl’s recent contract extension. He played 12 Tests for the Proteas from 2014-2016 scoring 395 runs at an average of 26.33.