England star opener, Alex Hales will play for the new franchise, Sydney Thunder in the upcoming BBL season. He has been signed for one year term and will be Sydney Thunder’s second overseas player this year. South African all-rounder, Chris Morris is the first overseas player to be included in the squad.
"I really can't wait to return to the Big Bash," Hales said. "It's such a hugely respected tournament around the world. The standard of cricket is amazing, and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I'm looking forward to it.”
"Sydney Thunder is the full package. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, getting the chance to work with Shane Bond – who is a highly respected coach – and it's a young club, so hopefully, I can be part of building a successful family there. As an opener, you want to be one of the leading run-scorers, so that's one of my aims."
Although Alex Hales failed to make it to World Cup squad for England, his recent performance in T20 Blast has been remarkable where he scored 418 runs in 12 games at a strike rate of 140.26. Former New Zealand pacer, Shane Bond said, “He’s one of the best T20 batters in the world. To have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up, to have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up.”
"I spent a little bit of time with him at the Mumbai Indians and came up against him when I coached New Zealand, and he smacked us several times,” he added.
This will be the ninth edition of BBL, and it is scheduled to start from December 17, 2019, and the first game will be played between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder.
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