Sydney Thunder has welcomed the return of ‘prodigal son’ Chris Tremain to the Thunder Nation after he signed a three-year deal ahead of the upcoming KFC Big Bash League season.
Tremain, who is a proud product of NSW country, made his Big Bash debut for Thunder in BBL|02.
However, after three summers in the electric green playing strip, he joined the Melbourne Renegades after he moved to Victoria to further his First-Class career.
The 28-year-old right-arm, fast medium bowler not only contributed to the Renegades winning last summer’s KFC Big Bash League title by taking 2-21 against the Melbourne Stars, but he returns to the Thunder Nation as an Australian One-Day International.
He played the first of his four matches for Australia in 2016 in the one-day series against South Africa.
Tremain said he’d overcome enough hurdles throughout his career to be a sounding board for Thunder’s brigade of young, talented players.
“I don’t think my game has changed too much,” said Tremain of the years since he last represented Thunder.
“I think I’ve changed quite a bit. I’ve played a lot more cricket; experienced a lot more. I’ve had a lot more success, and I’ve failed a lot more. I’ve had a career, basically.
“When I was at the Thunder last time, I was really young. I was still learning how to do things – not even cricket. Everything was really raw and full of youth.”
Tremain said he was excited to work with the younger members of Thunder’s roster.
“I have an opportunity to talk to people about things that go right, things that go wrong – and the organised chaos that is Twenty20 cricket,” he said.
Tremain joins England’s big hitting batsman Alex Hales, South African all-rounder Chris Morris and former Brisbane Heat middle-order batsman Alex Ross in the new-look Thunder squad.
Coach Shane Bond said Tremain would add a hard edge to Thunder's attack.
“We just wanted a good, serious, hardened pro and I think he showed his value for the Renegades last season opening the bowling through the back-end of the season," said Bond.
"He’s just a solid performer day-in, day-out. He knows what he’s doing, he’s durable and he’s a great guy around the team. He just brings that experience that we were missing a little bit last season.”
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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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
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