With sought-after English wicketkeeper batter Sam Billings deciding to return to the Thunder Family, Sydney Thunder has taken another important step toward Big Bash League (BBL) supremacy.
Billings had spent two seasons with the Sydney Sixers before joining the Thunder last summer, when he made a significant impression both behind the wickets and at the bat.
The 30-year-old, who captains Kent CCC and the Oval Invincibles and has represented his nation in both white-ball forms, scored 260 runs in 10 innings with a strike rate of 142, including two half-centuries, including an 83 from 48-ball against the Scorchers in Perth.
Thunder has now signed its second international player with Alex Hales of England agreeing to terms a week ago. Billings, like Hales, said the team's balance and the potential of the young players on the roster is very appealing.
"I think the most exciting thing about coming back to the Thunder is the group of young players that complement the older, experienced heads," Billings said in an official release.
"Hales is obviously a high-quality player and we have all seen what he can do. In my first experiences with Sydney Thunder last season there were obviously positive signs but we didn't finish where we wanted to, or could finish. There is no reason we can't take another step forward and go close to the title," he added.
Sydney Thunder BBL Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Assistant Coach: Shawn Bradstreet, Chandika Hathurusinghe
Contracted for BBL-11: Usman Khawaja (C), Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain.