Sydney Thunder has secured the double signing of Australian captain Rachael Haynes on a two-year contract alongside Australia’s biggest display home organisation, HomeWorld, who have extended their partnership with the club for a further three years.
“It was an easy decision in the end,” said Haynes.
“I enjoy being part of the club and the success we’ve had so the opportunity to be part of the squad again with this playing group is really exciting.”
Haynes was recently named captain of the Australian team for the upcoming Ashes series after only returning to international cricket in February following a three-and-a-half-year absence from the national setup.
“I think the WBBL played a big role,” said Haynes.
“Last year I played OK in the WNCL and then started hitting them well in the WBBL and was playing some good cricket against a high calibre of players.”
The opening bat has scored 614-runs for Thunder in two seasons opening the batting alongside West Indian captain Stafanie Taylor.
“I think one of the great things about the competition is that it was very well thought out and put together well so it naturally attracted the best players in the world.
“From the outset Thunder has been one club with two teams so to attract sponsors to sponsor the whole club is a great fit. To have HomeWorld onboard is fantastic and we’re looking forward to their continuing support.”
HomeWorld’s partnership with Sydney Thunder will continue to see them support both the club’s men’s and women’s teams including shirt and stadium branding as well as significant community based initiatives.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership of both the men’s and women’s Sydney Thunder teams for another three years. The Big Bash is an exciting innovation in Australian cricket, and we’re pleased to be showing our support for a sport that delivers the very best for its loyal fans,” said HomeWorld CEO Phil Jones.
“We’re especially proud of the growth of women’s cricket, and our congratulations to Rachael on signing on for a further two years.
“Working with Sydney Thunder has been an incredibly rewarding experience for us, given that the club’s corporate and social values align so closely with our own. We admire Sydney Thunder’s commitment to the community, and look forward to collaborating together on exciting initiatives in the upcoming season and with the Thunder Foundation."
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon congratulated Haynes on her recent appointment and was pleased to see her extend her Thunder contract.
“I am very pleased to secure Rachael for a further two years in Thunder colours,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
"Her experience, skill and leadership will be an integral aspect of our success as a squad that also includes many young exciting cricketers.”
“I would also like to extend my appreciation to HomeWorld for extending our partnership. “Our values align and together we have achieved significant growth and meaningful, effective community engagement. I look forward to achieving more success as our partnership continues to grow."
Sydney Thunder open their WBBL|03 season against the Melbourne Renegades on 9 December at North Sydney Oval while the KFC Big Bash league season will once again be launched at Spotless Stadium with Thunder taking on the Sydney Sixers in the Sydney Smash on 19 December.