Big Bash League news June 12, 2014

Kallis signs up with Sydney Thunder

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'Looking forward to play for Sydney Thunder' - Kallis

Jacques Kallis has signed up with Sydney Thunder for the next two seasons of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League. Kallis, who has been part of the two IPL titles-winning Kolkata Knight Riders side, said he was looking forward to playing in Australia.

"I will be playing against a few guys who I have played against most of my career, guys like Huss [Michael Hussey], now I am looking forward to play with these guys," Kallis said.

Kallis, who retired from Tests in December last year, has scored 3673 runs and taken 95 wickets in 143 T20 matches. He will join England's Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes, and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis in the Thunder team, captained by Michael Clarke.

"Signing a player of Jacques' quality and experience is phenomenal news for Thunder fans," Nick Cummins, the Sydney Thunder general manager, said. "He is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game and apart from his experience and leadership, he is still a brilliant allrounder who will give the side a quality top-order batsman and versatile bowling option.

"Just having a player of his stature around the group will be great for our young players and he will bring big match temperament and a winning attitude to our squad."

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  • Shoaib on June 13, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @SamWintson92 : "KKR has totally wasted him"??? - lol KKR won the title so how did they waste him? do you know why they won the title? because Kallis strike rate is far too low and yes when he does click in T20 then it seems to work for his T20 side but when he consumes so many balls and gets out for a low score then the team is usually in a problem and that's why he didn't play for the remaining 10 games . In BBL though it will be a lot different since the pitches there will favour fast bowling so Kallis should be okay. This is T20 mate not ODIs or Tests. Game needs quick players.

  • Android on June 13, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Another good player to Sydney Thunder, a team which has big names but cant chase 12 runs in 2 overs

  • Garry on June 12, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Greatest_Game with a average of 31 and a strike rate of only 111 you are going to lose more games for your team than win. There is no doubt that Kallis is one of the best all rounders to ever play test and ODI cricket but sorry he just isn't up to scratch in 20/20's. Perhaps he should take some of my advice. Remember this post when he fails mmmkay .

  • David on June 12, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    @ StevieS asks "can I please have a job in the Sydney outfit now?"

    Dear Stevie.

    Sydney will keep your application under consideration, & review it once you have scored 3673 runs & taken 95 wickets in T20s, 13 289 runs & 292 wickets in tests, & 11 574 runs & 273 wickets in ODIs.

    We admire your enthusiasm & belief that in T20 you just "swing your bat as hard as you can and try and bowl in the block hole," but experience shows that just swinging a bat is pointless: it must be done when the bowler directs the ball at you. Furthermore, HITTING the ball is essential, & the number one factor in 'scoring runs,' an aspect of cricket it seems you have yet to learn.

    Similarly, TRYING to "bowl in the block hole" is admirable - SUCCEEDING is essential, & must occur when a batsman is facing you. You may not sneak one in at the non-striker! You will also need to learn running, catching & throwing.



    P.S. The "mental side of T20" is known as "playing professional cricket." Few can!

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Isn't there auctions for BBL? That would give a fair chance for all Tyne franchises to pick a player.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Damn, was hoping the Sixers would have a crack at him.

  • Garry on June 12, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    Can't Sydney find a local player that will get 20 off 18 balls and take one for 32 off 4 overs? D-Train there is no mental side of 20/20, its swing your bat as hard as you can and try and bowl in the block hole, can I please have a job in the Sydney outfit now?

  • Sam on June 12, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    In T20, Kallis definitely must open & must bat like how he did for RCB in IPL 2009 & 2010 when it was almost impossible for the bowlers to get him out. His striking rate was also fine as he was going hard in the powerplay. KKR has totally wasted him.

  • Ian on June 12, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Finally! For the first time since the beginning of the BBL, our squad doesn't look completely useless! This is great news for the Thunder because it adds some much needed depth to the batting order but more importantly it gives us the fifth bowler, meaning we no longer need to scrape four overs out of part-time spinners every game. Eagerly looking forward to seeing him play!

  • Matt on June 12, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    He'll be a handy player for them, but he will be of more benefit off the field. Teaching the young guys the mental side of the game.

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