Sussex new boy Jason Behrendorff has been backed to make an early impact.

The Australia white-ball seamer makes his Sharks debut before another sell-out Hove crowd.

Behrendorff took five World Cup wickets against England at Lord’s and is on board for the remaining Vitality Blast group fixtures.

He will bowl in the powerplay against Essex tonight (7pm).

Aussie colleague Alex Carey told The Argus: “Dorf has that experience and I’m really excited for him to get out with the new white ball and swing it around.

“Hopefully he will take early wickets. He is quite damaging up front.”

Sussex have lost Tymal Mills to injury and Rashid Khan to international duty in the last week.

But they remain top of the group with four games left.

Behrendorff, who will be available for the quarter-finals should Sharks get there, said: “It’s been a great tournament so far for Sussex, sitting on top of the southern pool. It’s always nice to come into a winning team.”