Sydney Thunder rope in Jos Buttler for BBL 7
What's the story?
Destructive England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has shifted loyalties and will turn out for the Sydney Thunder in BBL 2017/18.
Buttler, who will be playing for just the second time in Australia's marquee T20 event, will be available for the first six games of the tournament.
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The 27-year-old was a part of the Melbourne Renegades in his first stint, in 2013/14, scoring 150 runs from five matches at a strike rate of just over 150. However, his efforts couldn't help the Renegades make the playoffs as they ended third from bottom. He will be looking to go one better this time around for his new franchise.
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"I'm delighted to be part of Thunder and get stuck in. Mike Hussey is someone I've really admired and I'm really excited to meet him. I'm really excited. I've played in the BBL once before, ahead of England's last ODI tour to Australia. I've watched the competition go from strength to strength to become one of the best competitions in the world. The crowds are fantastic and there's a big family emphasis which creates a great atmosphere," Buttler was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Along with the Englishman, the Thunder have managed to secure the services of New Zealand speedster Mitchell McClenaghan and veteran Australian top order batsman Callum Ferguson.
The BBL will raise its curtains on December 19th with the Sydney showdown at the Syndey Showground.
Buttler will feature in the first six games for his side before joining up with the national team for the limited-overs series against Australia.
It is a fantastic move by the Thunder to rope in the hard-hitting Englishman who on his day can take apart any bowling attack in the world. Buttler will be aiming to help his side win the trophy they last got their hands on in 2015/16.