Sydney Thunder has announced the signing of South African all-rounder Chris Morris as an overseas player for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season.
Morris, who has played four Tests, 42 One-Day Internationals and 23 T20 Internationals, joins the club on a one-year deal.
The world-class all-rounder has a wealth of experience in the Indian Premier League, playing a total of 61 matches since his debut in 2013.
He boasts impressive bowling figures with 69 wickets at an average of 24.76, whilst also proving his value with the bat in the T20 format with 517 runs at an average of 27.21 and a strike rate of 157.62.
Morris said the ambition of playing in the BBL has been a long-held one.
“Obviously since the tournament started with the Big Bash, it’s one of the tournaments that any cricketer would want to play in,” Morris said.
“For me the way I looked at it was, it was part of my cricketing career bucket list.
“It was a no brainer when Sydney Thunder came calling.”
The 32-year old said he is looking forward to working with one of his childhood heroes, Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond.
“Shane was one of my heroes growing up, I told him this a few times very gingerly,” Morris said.
“I’ve got quite a good relationship with him. In the IPL we always chat, we talk about bowling and just in general get on quite well.”
Bond said he is looking forward to utilising Morris’ ability with both bat and ball, as well as drawing on his extensive T20 experience.
“Chris is someone who I had my eye on. It’s always great to have a player who can change the game with bat and ball,” Bond said.
“He’s an experienced, hardened cricketer who bowls 90mph and smacks it with the bat. Those players are very rare, so he brings a unique skill set.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming his personality and competitiveness to the team as well.”
Morris will feature in the South African Mzansi Super League before joining his Thunder teammates in Sydney ahead of the Big Bash season.
“Sydney is obviously a great spot in Australia so I’m very happy to be joining,” Morris said.
This announcement follows the signing of emerging stars Matthew Gilkes, Jonathan Cook and Ollie Davies.
Sydney Thunder is set to open its ninth KFC Big Bash League campaign against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on 17 December, before playing its first game in Sydney on 2 January.
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