Big Bash League 2012-13 August 17, 2012

Prior, Guptill signed by Thunder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matt Prior, the England wicketkeeper, and the New Zealand opener Martin Guptill have been signed by the Sydney Thunder to substitute for Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi at various points of this summer's BBL.

Guptill will play for the Thunder in their first match of the tournament, a "derby" against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on December 5, before Gayle takes his place in the team for the remainder of the matches.

"Martin is an outstanding player in all formats," the Thunder coach Shane Duff said. His T20 record is exceptional and he will be of vital importance to us in the round one game against our cross town rivals."

Prior's role in subbing in for Afridi is less clear, though as England's Test match gloveman he will not be available until the conclusion of the Tests against India, which conclude in Nagpur on December 17.

BBL rules permit the signing of up to four overseas players, though only two may take the field at any one time.

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  • Steven on August 20, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    You chaps ever heard of a guy called Sangakara? Reckon he might be the best Keeper/ Batsman......

  • Rakesh on August 17, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @Gilly4ever - Prior will compensate 10 times over by batting with brains.

  • David on August 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Prior is easily good enough to be playing in the BBL. Was brilliant in the domestic T20 games he played and had the highest strike in the competition of anyone who has scored over 30 runs...

  • Henry on August 17, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Prior would get into your side as a batsman alone the fact he'd be by far your best 'keeper is a bonus. Another sour Aussie.

  • j on August 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @jonesy2: Why is it you think the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world and a player Australia could only dream of having fill their bare cupboard is not good enough? Do explain. :)

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    jonesy - Well there are enough Aussies playing in the tournament who are nowhere near good enough, us Poms thought you could do with a few better players! Call it "sympathy".

  • Bryn on August 17, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    prior hasnt isnt really playing in the BBL is he? why are players who are no where near good enough being signed!!???

  • Ajay on August 17, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Great deal by Thunder"s Guptill one of my fav batsman and Prior best wicketkeeper batsman after Haddin

  • Adrian on August 17, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I can understand Guptill in for Gayle, as they both bat - but how is Prior going to bowl like Afridi does?

  • Roo on August 17, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Guptill is quite a handy T20 player, so a good replacement for any of the batsmen, let alone an automatic starter in the team... Pity CA didn't allow 3 international players playing, as some teams like Thunder last season were down on good experienced batsmen & were simply outgunned... Prior - hopefully with his experience will add some depth to the team - looks like a good comp coming up...

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