In a move that will give the Sydney Thunder a strong Ashes connection this season, talented English all-rounder Chris Woakes will join the men in green, linking up with team-mate Eoin Morgan.
The 24 year-old Woakes, who plays for Warwickshire in England, is seen as one of the most promising all-rounders in the game.
A right-arm pace bowler and power-hitter with the bat, Woakes made his One Day International debut against Australia at the SCG on the last Ashes tour in 2011, and had the amazing figures of 10-0-45-6 in the following match at the Gabba.
His strong link with Australia continued last summer in England when Woakes made his Test debut at The Oval, scoring 25 and 17 not out, in addition to picking up his first Test wicket.
Woakes will play the first two matches of BBL|03, teaming up with Morgan in both.
Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins is delighted to see Woakes joining the Thunder Nation: “Getting a player of Chris’ all-round ability is a major bonus for the Thunder. As someone who bowls with good pace and is more than capable of clearing the ropes with the bat, he will provide us with a high quality performer. He will play the first two matches for the Thunder alongside Eoin, and I know that he is excited about the prospect of playing in the Big Bash and helping the Thunder get off to a strong start in the competition.”
The Thunder start their campaign with the ‘Sydney Smash’ against the Sixers at the SCG on Saturday 21 December.
The current Thunder contracted list is :
Michael Clarke (C)
Dec 21, 2013 Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder, SCG – 7-15pm
Dec 27, 2013 Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers, ANZ Stadium – 7-40pm
Jan 1, 2014 Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars, ANZ Stadium – 7-40pm
Jan 3, 2014 Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder, WACA – 4-40pm
Jan 8, 2014 Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, ANZ Stadium – 7-40pm
Jan 11, 2014 Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, Blundstone Arena – 1-45pm
Jan 14, 2014 Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder, Etihad Stadium – 7-40pm
Jan 25, 2014 Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, ANZ Stadium – 7-15pm
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