Big Bash League 2012-13 August 5, 2012

Warner signs with Sydney Sixers

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Warner will play for the Big Bash League (BBL) title-holders Sydney Sixers in the 2012-13 season. Warner has transferred to the Sixers - the team from Sydney's eastern suburbs - from the Sydney Thunder, whom he captained in the inaugural BBL.

The transfer was expected, after Warner had expressed interest in the Sixers and failed to strike a deal with the Thunder, leaving him unsigned at the end of the competition's primary recruitment window. Subsequently, the Thunder had taken Michael Clarke on board for the 2012-13 season.

Warner said he was happy to be representing the eastern suburbs. "I had a great time last year at the Sydney Thunder and thank the fans at ANZ Stadium [the Thunder's base] for their support, but I'm an eastern suburbs boy and I am really looking forward to playing at the SCG [the Sixers' base] for the Sixers," he told the franchise's website.

Apart from winning the BBL last summer, the Sixers cultivated a happy team environment under the coaching of Trevor Bayliss and the wider management of Stuart Clark. By contrast, the Thunder battled for strong results and faced difficulties surrounding their home base, with transport believed to be one of several issues for players.

As a current member of Australia Test team, Warner is unlikely to play more than one BBL game this year - the season-opening derby between the Sixers and the Thunder at the SCG on December 7 - but his presence would be considered crucial in terms of marketing the franchise and building its fan base.

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  • Andrew on August 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    @ the_informant - I understand the reasons for the expansion of the BBL. "...if properly managed there is room for the Big Bash..." - that is where most people's "whinge" is directed on this site. The S Marsh scenario was a classic, where we had a bloke playing for Oz, out of form (although he hit an 80-odd in a BBL game), but there was no FC matches being played for a player to put their hand up & say "pick me". I also know where you're coming from re: "...6-team paradigm..." - although that has been what has given Oz cricket strength over the years, it can limit the revenue raising capabilities that TV can generate. Only have to look at the NRL, AFL & Super 15s & their expansion push to see what more games can do for income revenue. There is plenty of scope to bring in a Newcastle or Canberra or G/Coast into the comp, but it will extend the season further, which IMO will marginalise Shield cricket further.

  • Don on August 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    @Meety - The whingers I'm referring to are in the comments section whenever a Big Bash story is written. I count myself as a traditionalist and love test cricket and the Shield but I understand the harsh realities facing cricket...and as I said...if properly managed there is room for the Big Bash and hopefully a revitalised Shield and OD competition. As far as the players bred from T20, I think the Shield and Ryodi Cup bookending the season is part of the problem. If the Shield was run concurrently with tests (Oct-Nov-Dec-Jan (1st wk), Big Bash and T20Is (Jan-Feb), Ryobi Cup and ODIs (Feb-Mar) there would be a context, first class specialists would vie for test selection, T20I players would be picked on Big Bash selection and so-on for the different formats. In relation to the change to city-based had to happen to expand the pool of players. Australian cricket has been knobbled by the 6-team paradigm meaning athletes who could be playing cricket are turning to AFL etc

  • Andrew on August 6, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @the_informant - you raised some good points, but I don't see any "...whingers..." on this article. I don't know in what context you could call preferring Shield or Tests over 20/20 as being elitist? I think most cricket fans don't have a problem with the revenue making ability of the format, however, people do have a problem with what it does to Test cricket & the type of players it breeds.

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    So for the upcoming champions league, will he play for Delhi daredevils or sydney sixers?

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @the informant i dont watch 20/20 cricket and have no gripe with others watching it i personaly dont care for it. my gripe is with the way it is run with seperate sides to the state sides i personally belive that if they used the state sides this would be able to have a flow on effect with greater interest in the demestic comp in longer forms if they could relate to teams they were introduced to through 20/20 that is all. That and i belive that the emphisis placed on results in 20/20 is overated a player can have a good season with the ball in the sheild and go unoticed while at the same time a player needs 1 or 2 good hauls in the big bash and suddenly the public are calling for their inclusion in the test side. And @ chirs p & @ maddison Waner has a higly unortherdox form of batting that i would not encorage anyone to take up because it requiers a great eye but it seems to be working for him at the moment so lets just see how he goes when faced with South african and english attack

  • Peter on August 6, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @maddinson. Warner has an inadequate technique? Um, have you ever played cricket serious cricket before?

  • Don on August 6, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    I honestly thought the whingers would have gotten over the Big Bash and T20 in general and moved-on by now. If you want to totally kill the the sport of cricket locally and internationally let's just play long formats to completely alienate women, children and non-cricket fans in general. If carefully managed, one of cricket's strengths is it's various formats. The Big Bash was a huge success last year bith with crowds and pay-TV ratings. What is more, is the Big Bash will provide revenue for Australian cricket outside international tours (which mostly run at a loss) and ICC dividends. T20Is were both strongly attended and watched on free-to-air. I honestly can't understand the closed-minded, elitist attitude of so-called cricket fans. If you don't like T20, don't watch it. Build a bridge and get over it.

  • Andrew on August 5, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @ML Bherz - T20 doesn't really do it for me & I agree with your sentiment, however, it does appeal more to other parts of the sports following public & that's where the appeal is. You'll find that the player changes will ease off after this season.

  • A on August 5, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @ Mark Le Bherz: I couldn't agree more. Especially since Shield games are free entry now...much more entertainment for significantly less money.

  • Mariam on August 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Read in the Aussie papers that Warner had issue being under John Dyson, any truth to this.

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