Sydney Thunder has signed classy middle order batsman Alex Ross to a three-year deal ahead of the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season.
Ross joins Thunder from the Brisbane Heat where he scored 518 runs at an average of 28.77 across three seasons. He has also played for the Adelaide Strikers.
The 27-year-old's penchant for playing the sweep shot, resulted in him being dubbed 'the sweepologist' by BBL commentator, Damien Fleming.
Named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2016, Ross said his experiences of playing against the Thunder in previous seasons influenced his decision to make the switch to Sydney.
“I’d love to win a Big Bash,” Ross said.
“Sydney Thunder, they have a great drive. Anytime you play against them they really fight all the way until the end. I really admired that when I made my decision.”
Head Coach Shane Bond said Ross will strengthen the Thunder's middle order and add some hard-earned experience to the young squad.
“I worked with Alex during my time as an assistant at the Brisbane Heat, so I know him very well,” Bond said.
“One of the areas that we had last year was a little bit of inexperience in that middle order.
“We wanted someone who has got a different skill set, but we also want someone who was a very experienced player. He’s been in the competition for a number of years and can bring a cool, calm head.
“To have someone like him sitting at probably number five for us, and bringing that experience, is crucial.”
Ross also singled out the chance to work with Shane Bond as one of the reasons why he decided to join the Thunder.
The pair first met when Ross was a young boy who'd left Australia for Christchurch because his father, Ashley, was named the New Zealand team's assistant coach.
“Shane Bond was up at Brisbane when I was there, and we’ve got quite a strong connection through New Zealand cricket too,” Bond said.
“He’s brilliant, he’s a really good coach and there’s not too many like him around.”
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Head Coach: Shane Bond
Contracted for BBL|09: Callum Ferguson (C), Jonathan Cook, Oliver Davies, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Gurinder Sandhu
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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