Sydney Thunder has signed England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler for the first half of the upcoming KFC Big Bash League.
The 27-year old joins Mitch McClenaghan and Callum Ferguson as new arrivals to the club for BBL|07.
“I’m really excited. I’ve played in the BBL once before, ahead of England’s last ODI tour to Australia,” said Buttler.
“I’ve watched the competition go from strength to strength to become one of the best competitions in the world.
“The crowds are fantastic and there’s a big family emphasis which creates a great atmosphere.
I’m delighted to be part of Thunder and get stuck in, Mike Hussey is someone I’ve really admired and I’m really excited to meet him.”
Buttler has made 174 appearances for England across all formats, captaining the side in last year’s ODI series in Bangladesh.
“Eoin Morgan is a good friend, he had two seasons with the club and he spoke really highly of everyone and said I’d have a brilliant time.” said Buttler.
“I’m excited to get stuck in and make some friendships. One of the great things about these tournaments is meeting new players and learning from guys and creating friendships all over the world.”
Sydney Thunder Director of Cricket Michael Hussey believes Buttler’s ability to bat anywhere in the order will provide the club with useful options throughout the season.
“We’re very excited to have Jos as part of the team,” said Sydney Thunder Director of Cricket Michael Hussey.
“He’s a quality player who provides us with plenty of flexibility. He can bat at the top of the order like he does for the Mumbai Indians and also in the middle order.
“We’ve done a lot of homework and asked around and all the feedback we’ve heard is that he’s a fantastic character that will add a lot to the dressing room.
“We know we’re going to lose him for the second half of the season but we have a strategy in place for that. I feel that we’re well placed to start the tournament well and its important to get a few wins on the board early as it can get pretty close late on.”
The England international played five games for the Melbourne Renegades in BBL|03 also plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and is currently playing for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Buttler is scheduled to play the first six games of BBL|07, his replacement for the second half of the season will be named in the coming weeks.
BBL|07 Squad: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Jos Buttler, Pat Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Jay Lenton, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell McClenaghan, Arjun Nair, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu.
ACT & Regional NSW Rookie: Blake Macdonald
Director of Cricket: Michael Hussey
Head Coach: Paddy Upton
Assistant Coaches: Shawn Bradstreet and Beau Casson