Sydney Thunder has recruited England bowler Chris Jordan and New Zealand batsman Anton Devcich for the final stages of the KFC Big Bash League.
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Chris Jordan took 2/29 in Colombo last weekend to help England secure a 30-run victory in their one off T20 International against Sri Lanka. The 30-year old has played eight Tests, 31 ODI’s and 34 T20’s for England taking a combined 102-wickets.
"The prospect of working with Shane Bond is very exciting," said Jordan.
"The Big Bash is a real spectacle, it's run really well. Seeing so many kids in the crowds bodes well for the future, they are very enthusiastic fans and I'm looking forward to entertaining everyone.
"When I step onto the field I like to play with a smile and play with passion and pride. The fans should expect a hundred percent every game and every moment."
Devcich has spent the past year playing in the Pakistan Super League, Global T20 Canada, the Caribbean Premier League and last week finished the leading run-scorer for the Nangarhar Leopards in the UAE based Afghanistan Premier League.
The 33-year old was named Player of the Match in the Elimination Final of the Caribbean Premier League when he made a half century from 23-balls.
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"With Jos and Jo, Thunder have two quality players and they will be a hard act to follow," said Devcich.
"The Big Bash is one of those competitions that you want to test yourself in. It is very competitive and different to the Asian tournaments on the circuit.
"The good thing is that every dog has their day in this format. It'd like to think that I will slot in to the group easily and at the end of the day you've got to do your job for the team."
The pair will replace Joe Root and Jos Buttler who will be available for the first half of the season with Jordan and Devcich expected to be available from 13 January when Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers at Spotless Stadium.
Sydney Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond is looking forward to welcoming the pair as Thunder push towards qualifying for the finals.
“CJ is not just a great bowler but a great bloke as well, he’s someone I’ve been keen to sign for some time,” said Sydney Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond.
“He is someone that is always spoken of highly wherever you go in the world. He’s also a top fielder who can give it a whack at the end of the innings. I’m really excited to see what he can do.
“Anton has been one of the top batsmen in New Zealand for a number of years and he’s had really good year playing T20 cricket all over the world. He can bat anywhere in the top five and can bowl some left arm spin as well.”
Sydney Thunder begin their KFC Big Bash League season at Manuka Oval against the Melbourne Stars before their opening game in Sydney taking place at Spotless Stadium on Christmas Eve, with both games ticket sales tracking for a sell out.