Big Bash League (BBL) outfit Sydney Thunder have signed up South Africa and Delhi Capitals star Chris Morris for the upcoming ninth season of the tournament. Chris Morris last turned up for South Africa in the World Cup. His national contract ended after the tournament before Morris himself decided to make himself unavailable for Proteas’ ongoing tour of India.
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He then turned up for Hampshire in the Vitality T20 Blast. Prior to playing in the World Cup, Chris Morris plied his trade for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. The star allrounder played 9 games as he helped the national capital-based outfit make it to the playoffs. Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond was delighted to secure Morris for the BBL.
“Chris is someone who I had my eye on,” Bond said. “It’s always great to have a player who can change the game with bat and ball. He’s an experienced, hardened cricketer who bowls 90mph and smacks it with the bat. Those players are very rare, so he brings a unique skill set.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming his personality and competitiveness to the team as well,” added the former New Zealand pacer.
Morris will join the Thunder after his commitments with Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the Mzansi Super League in South Africa end. The MSL final is set for December 16, and the Thunder play the opening game of the BBL on December 17 in Brisbane. Morris’ early availability will be tested further given the Thunder play three matches in the first five days of the tournament.
In another news, Sydney Sixers have once again secured the services of England star James Vince. The right-hander played eight matches for the team last season after replacing his compatriot Joe Denly. Vince was instrumental in helping the Sixers to the semi-final, making 75 off 46 balls against Brisbane Heat and then 74 not out from 50 balls in a record-breaking partnership with Josh Philippe to beat competition leaders Hobart Hurricanes.