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Sydney Thunders sign Alex Hales for BBL 2019-20


Star England batsman Alex Hales has joined the Sydney Thunder camp for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) stint.

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The Thunders’ authority confirmed on October 2 (Wednesday) with more information that Hales signed a one-year deal with the club. For the 2019-20 season of BBL, Hales is the second overseas player for the Thunders beside South African all-rounder Chris Morris.

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The 30-year old has played 11 Tests, 70 one-day Internationals and 60 Twenty20Is for England.

Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond said pleasingly about Hale’s joining, “We’re obviously disappointed to lose Jos because he’s brilliant, but to be able to bring in someone of Alex’s quality is huge for us.

“He’s one of the most destructive batters, is an outstanding fielder and is also obviously a highly experienced player.

Alex has played in leagues all around the world and is an outstanding batsman in this format. To have someone like him to learn off is perfect.”

Meanwhile Hales told he just cannot wait to return to Big Bash, “I really can’t wait to return to the Big Bash,”

“It’s such a hugely respected tournament around the world.

“The standard of cricket is amazing and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he added.

Alex Hales has been in good touch in 2019, he was one of the top ten scorers in this season’s T20 Blast amassing 418 runs for Nottinghamshire in 12 innings at an average of 38 and strike rate of 140 that included five half-centuries.

The big hitter is currently playing for the Barbados Tridents, who have reached the Playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League 2019.

 

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