Australian news July 13, 2011

Edwards and Bollinger join Sydney Thunder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, will join his former captain Chris Gayle at the Sydney Thunder during this summer's Big Bash League. The Thunder have confirmed Edwards and Doug Bollinger as their newest two signings as they put together a squad based around the star opening duo of Gayle and David Warner.

Edwards, 29, recently made his return to the West Indies side after two years out following back surgery. The Thunder general manager John Dyson said Edwards and Bollinger would be a potent new-ball combination.

"They are going to create plenty of headaches for batsmen in the KFC T20 Big Bash League," Dyson said. "Fidel has proven to be a consistent wicket taker, especially in the last series against India, while Doug is one of the premier fast bowlers in Australia and is coming off an excellent IPL series."

The Thunder, who are based at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, will be coached by Shane Duff, a former Sydney club cricketer who has also been Sri Lanka's strength and conditioning coach. Daniel Smith, the wicketkeeper who recently lost his New South Wales contract, will be both assistant coach and a player.

Meanwhile, the Melbourne Stars have secured another player from interstate, the Tasmania allrounder James Faulkner. The Stars scored a coup last week by locking in three current and former captains from other states, including the Tasmania leader George Bailey. The MCG-based Stars have also signed the young Victorian allrounder Alex Keath and the Bushrangers' left-arm spinner Jon Holland.

The Adelaide Strikers have given a new lease of life to Adam Crosthwaite, the former Victoria wicketkeeper, who hasn't played at the elite level since early 2009. Crosthwaite moved to Sydney when the Bushrangers made it clear Matthew Wade was their No.1 gloveman, but he has not managed to find a way into the New South Wales squad.

Crosthwaite will join his former mentor Darren Berry, who was an assistant coach at Victoria and is now in charge of the Strikers and South Australia. The Strikers have also signed Lee Carseldine, the Queensland batsman who lost his state contract this year, and the Tasmania fast bowler Brendan Drew.

The South Australia-contracted players Theo Doropoulos and Gary Putland have also become Strikers. Meanwhile, Peter Forrest, the former New South Wales batsman who has signed with Queensland for this summer, will remain north of the border after being named in the Brisbane Heat squad.

The squads so far

Adelaide Strikers Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Borgas, Lee Carseldine, Tom Cooper, Adam Crosthwaite, Theo Doropoulos, Brendan Drew, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Aaron O'Brien, Gary Putland, Kane Richardson. Overseas players: Kieron Pollard.

Brisbane Heat Nick Buchanan, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser.

Hobart Hurricanes Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Xavier Doherty, Luke Feldman, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hogan, Phil Jaques, Matt Johnston, Jason Krejza, Nick Kruger, Ben Laughlin, Rhett Lockyear, Tim Paine, RIcky Ponting. Overseas players: Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Owais Shah.

Melbourne Renegades Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, Aaron Heal, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Brenton McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Reardon, Will Sheridan, Shaun Tait. Overseas players: Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi.

Melbourne Stars George Bailey, James Faulkner, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Chris Simpson, Adam Voges, Cameron White.

Perth Scorchers Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Mark Cameron, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi. Overseas players: Paul Collingwood, Herschelle Gibbs.

Sydney Sixers Ed Cowan, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc.

Sydney Thunder Doug Bollinger, Tim Cruickshank, Jason Floros, Usman Khawaja, Daniel Smith, David Warner. Overseas players: Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle.

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  • Andrew on July 15, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @Dismayed - I think NSW uncovered 4 young players in the BBL this past season - Cummins & Maddinson the highest profile, with Abbott & Armstrong both reasonable prospects!

  • Fazal on July 14, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Why aren't there any Indian cricketers playing for any of the teams in the " Big Bash League" ? I don't think the BCCI is so stupid as the ACB to risk their cricketers before a vital test series against the aussies. Now that they have learnt a bitter lesson having lost the services of some of their top players like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambier & Zaheer Khan through injury after participating in the IPL & not available to tour the West Indies whilst Tendulkar chose to take a well earned rest after making even more money playing in the IPL. The ACB no doubt is heading in the wrong direction detrimental to the interest of cricket in this country just trying to make a fast buck at the expense of test cricket.

  • sri on July 14, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    Mark My words. Edwards will be a burden in T20. He is going to bowl at least 1 wide per over.Not at all T20 stuff.

  • Gary on July 14, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Has anyone signed Cummins the young quick or is it Abbott I think the young all rounder? from NSW

  • Andrew on July 14, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @offcutter/dan mcgrath - given the Kolpak restrictions preventing Ozzys from playing County cricket - I personally don't want any young Poms getting experience in the BBL. I'd be happy if it was Oz cricketers only with 1 overseas player per squad. I do like the idea of Tamim & Shakib playing in the BBL though. @ranga_s - the big advantage this competition will have over the IPL is that it is a low cost product. The entire competitions playing roster is less than 1 IPL side. From a business perspective it offers a far lower risk. Not saying the IPL is doomed to fail - but if things do dip, then lots of finance is exposed! @jonesy2 - I think Trickstar is jeolous! LOL!

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    If the English players are clear I'd like to see a guy like Jos Buttler or Chris Woakes come across, they'd be quality additions to any team and would give them some added experience in different conditions.

    Tamim Iqbal would be on my to-sign list if I were running a BBL franchise.

  • Ranga on July 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Really look forward to see this tournament get underway....Glad CA is powerful than ridiculous SLC...IPL got contest now...big contest and without even getting underway I feel BBL starts as favorites to sustain.....

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    still 7 overseas to come should b 1. Gul, 2.Ajmal, 3. B.mcullum 4. Malinga 5.Dilshan 6. Swann 7.Rosstaylor/Vettori

  • Amahl on July 13, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    The great thing to see is that the squads look quite even making the upcoming BBL interesting. I'm just curious as to how it will go down with the public. I certainly think that regardless of the arguments against it, T20 cricket is here to stay and it needs to be embraced. Although, I much prefer the format as being the traditional states.

  • David on July 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    I do not want to comment on the overall quality of the squads, but I wonder whether Australian cricket is really so weak that Paul Collingwood (Scorchers) and Owais Shah (Hurricanes) are worthwhile overseas additions to teams. There are plenty of England county players out there at the moment who would offer more on the field (and I do not mean this as any slur on either Shah or Collingwood, who have both been fine players). Neither name really adds a huge degree of charisma or glamour that will excite spectators. Why not give young Australians the chance to play? Or, at least, why not bring in genuinely exciting players from England (contrary to Australian rumours, some do exist)?

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