England duo Jos Buttler and Joe Root have signed for Sydney Thunder for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season, with Buttler signing a two year deal with the club.
Buttler returns to Spotless Stadium having played six games for Sydney Thunder last season while Root will be making his first appearance in an overseas T20 competition.
England Test captain Root has an international T20 average of 35.77 which includes an unbeaten 90 against the West Indies earlier this year. The 27-year old has been named in the ICC Test Team of the Year on three occasions and the ODI Team of the Year once.
“Everyone you speak to that has played in the Big Bash finds it a really interesting tournament and watching it you can see that,” said Root.
“You want to be involved in it and I’m really excited to get that opportunity with Sydney Thunder.
“I’ve had some really good experiences with Shane Bond in the past when I’ve worked with him and I’m really looking forward to doing that again.”
Root will be joined by Jos Buttler, who scored his maiden Test century this week. The 27-year old became a Thunder favourite after last year’s performances saw him average 33.66 and score two half centuries in six games.
“I loved my time there, there’s a great atmosphere in the group,” said Buttler.
“There’s a lot of young guys but some experience in there as well, including Shane Watson who I really got to enjoy getting to know and playing under his captaincy.
“It’s a great part of the world and a really fun dressing room. I’m delighted to be back with the Thunder Nation.”
Buttler and Root are expected to be available for the first half of the season including four home matches, with Head Coach Shane Bond confident that the club now has one of the strongest batting lineups in the competition.
“It’s brilliant for the club to get two players of their quality to join us,” said Head Coach Shane Bond.
“Everybody knows Jos is one of the best T20 players in the world. I know him very well from our time together at the Mumbai Indians.
“I had the chance to work with Joe during the Ashes and I thought he was brilliant. They bring leadership to our team and you couldn’t ask for two better players.
“I think you look at the team and the battering order and it’s a team that is going to be a force in the competition.
“Our fans want to see us put a squad together that can win the competition. We had a young team last year that is developing and when you put a couple of world class players in the lineup it totally changes the look of the team .”
Sydney Thunder will play their opening BBL game against the Melbourne Stars on 21 December before facing cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers on Christmas Eve at Spotless Stadium.
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