Michael became Australia’s 43rd Test captain when Ricky Ponting was injured for the final Ashes Test in Sydney, he was elevated to the job permanently when Ponting stood down after the 2011 World Cup.
Under his leadership Australia has risen to No. 3 in the Test rankings after slipping back to No. 5 following the 2010/11 3-1 Ashes loss.
Michael most recently played T20 in the Indian Premier League with the Pune Warriors and is a perfect fit for Sydney Thunder – he grew up in the west, played his grade cricket in the Western Suburbs and where possible promotes the game in the area. Michael is proud of his roots and we’re proud to have him as our Captain.
Michael says that “playing for Sydney Thunder is a great opportunity for me to play for a team rooted in Sydney’s western suburbs as well as to support Cricket Australia in building on last year’s Big Bash League success. I am really excited about playing a part in the Big Bash League, particularly as it will be against the other Sydney team.”
"Pup" will bring immeasurable leadership, talent and experience to Thunder. Regarded as the country's premier batsman, Michael will be a rock in the middle order and will provide another bowling option as well as a threat in the field.