The Sydney Thunder has today added one of the world’s leading all-rounders to its roster, signing Shane Watson for three seasons.
Watson joins the Thunder after playing with the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat, and brings with him an impressive T20 record which sees him ranked as the fourth best T20 all-rounder in the world.
An accomplished cricketer across all three formats, Watson showed how dangerous he can be in the shorter form during the recent IPL tournament, averaging 43.47 with a strike rate of 135.01 and picking up six wickets.
The 33-year-old is currently preparing for tours of the West Indies and British Isles with the Australian squad, alongside fellow Thunder recruit Fawad Ahmed.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins said Watson will further strengthen the club’s batting and bowling in BBL05.
“Shane is one of the best T20 players in the world," said Cummins.
“He’s a proven performer, and has plenty of big game experience that will be invaluable in the Big Bash.”
Given Watson still has international duties; his contract has been structured to reflect his availability.
“We understand he is still very much a part of Australia’s plans going forward, and as such we’ve contracted him in a way that will work for both the club and Shane,” said Cummins
“Shane's signing is not just about BBL05, but has been made with a longer-term view in mind.”
Watson is looking forward to joining the Thunder, with a view to taking on a leadership role in the coming seasons.
“I’m very excited, the Thunder is putting together a very strong squad, and have some quality players signed on long-term,” said Watson.
“There is the experience of Jacques (Kallis) and Huss (Michael Hussey) as well as some very talented young players.
“They are a club that’s growing on and off the field and I’m looking to make sure that growth continues over the next three seasons.”