Former Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz is the latest piece in the Sydney Thunder jigsaw for this season’s KFC T20 Big Bash League, after signing a one year contract to join the team for BBL|04.
The 32 year-old off spinner is a proven performer on the world stage.
Having represented Australia in 17 Test matches, where he picked up 63 wickets at an average of 34.98, he was also a proven One Day performer, playing in 58 One Day Internationals for his country and producing 63 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 4.74.
He was equally as proficient in the T20 format and was a vital member of the NSW Blues squad that won the inaugural Champions League in India in 2009, where he dismissed the in-form Kieron Pollard in the final to help seal a memorable victory for New South Wales. In recent seasons he has been part of the Brisbane Heat squad after returning to Queensland in 2012.
Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins is pleased to have signed someone with Nathan’s experience: “Nathan is a proven performer who has succeeded at the highest level and will bring both experience and a winning attitude to the Thunder. He will provide us with a quality spinning option that will complement our attack well, in addition to adding depth to our batting line-up. He has a good T20 record and I know that he is excited about being part of the Thunder for this season.”
Hauritz was also looking forward to joining the men in green for this season: “I am excited about the opportunity the Thunder have given me this season. They have recruited well in the off-season and look to have a balanced squad and they are a club that is looking to move forward. I have always enjoyed the challenge of bowling in the T20 format and I look forward to returning to Sydney and joining up with the squad in December.”
Current Thunder squad:
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Sunday, 21 December 2014 – Brisbane Heat – Stadium Australia
Saturday, 27 December 2014 – Sydney Sixers – Stadium Australia
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 – Melbourne Renegades – Etihad Stadium
Thursday, 1 January 2015 – Perth Scorchers – The Furnace (WACA)
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 – Hobart Hurricanes – Spotless Stadium
Friday, 9 January 2015 – Sydney Sixers – SCG
Monday, 12 January 2015 – Adelaide Strikers – Adelaide Oval
Saturday, 17 January 2015 – Melbourne Stars – Spotless Stadium