Express fast bowler Brendan Doggett will remain with Sydney Thunder after signing a new two-year deal.
The 27-year-old, best known for his raw pace, enjoyed a strong back end of BBL|10 boosted by 4-22 at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
His nine wickets at an average of 13.33, and inch-perfect yorkers, helped Thunder qualify for the Finals in third position.
“I’ve really enjoyed my last two years (at the Thunder) and to be offered another two-year contract, I was really, really happy with that. Keen to sign,” said Doggett.
“Perth was a good start. It was my first game of the BBL for the Thunder last season (and) a good way to start my campaign.
“Unfortunately, we just fell short against the Brisbane Heat (in The Knockout) but hopefully we can go (a few) better and into the Final this year.”
At 25, Doggett was selected in the 2018 Australian Test squad to tour the United Arab Emirates, as an early indicator of the untapped potential he has since shown for the Thunder and Queensland at the domestic level.
Away from the BBL, this season he makes the big move from Queensland to South Australia after claiming the Shield with his home state in April.
Thunder’s BBL List Manager Tim Cruickshank said the quality of Doggett as a bowler was there for all to see.
“He can be really versatile in the role that he plays for the Thunder. We’re obviously really excited to have him back on board again,” Cruickshank said.
Doggett believes his variations and execution are key to his T20 cricket and being a regular member of the Thunder line-up in BBL|11.
“If I can keep hitting my yorkers like I was towards the back end of last year, I’ll take that and hopefully I can have a few new variations and bring something new,” Doggett said.
As a proud Aboriginal man of the Worimi people, it is also the diversity of the Thunder Nation which makes it such a special club to be a part of for Doggett.
“I’ve always said that I think the Sydney Thunder have a very well-balanced (club), with how they’re so inclusive of all kinds of cultures, not just the Australian Indigenous culture,” he said.
“It’s definitely a big part of the Sydney Thunder that means a lot to me as well.”
Sydney Thunder BBL Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Assistant Coach: Shawn Bradstreet
Contracted for BBL|11: Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Sydney Thunder BBL|11 Fixtures (All AEDT Start Times)
Mon 6 Dec | Vs Brisbane Heat | 7:15pm | Manuka Oval
Fri 10 Dec | Vs Melbourne Stars | 7:15pm | MCG
Sun 12 Dec | Vs Melbourne Stars | 7:15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Sun 19 Dec | Vs Brisbane Heat | 7:40pm | Gabba
Sun 26 Dec | Vs Sydney Sixers | 6:05pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Tues 28 Dec | Vs Perth Scorchers | 7:15pm | Manuka Oval
Fri 31 Dec | Vs Adelaide Strikers | 7:15pm | Adelaide Oval
Sun 2 Jan | Vs Adelaide Strikers | 7:15pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Wed 5 Jan | Vs Perth Scorchers | 9:15pm | Optus Stadium
Sat 8 Jan | Vs Melbourne Renegades | 6:05pm | Marvel Stadium
Mon 10 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | 7:15pm | University of Tasmania Stadium
Thurs 13 Jan | Vs Hobart Hurricanes | 4:00pm | Sydney Showground Stadium
Sat 15 Jan | Vs Sydney Sixers | 7:40pm | SCG
Wed 19 Jan | Vs Melbourne Renegades | 4:40pm | Sydney Showground Stadium