Alex Hales signs one-year contract with Sydney Thunder
Alex Hales has signed a one-year contract with Sunday Thunder (AFP Image)

Alex Hales’ supreme form in the T20 Blast has earned him a one-year-long contract with Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder. Hales has joined Chris Morris as the second overseas player in the squad.

“I really can’t wait to return to the Big Bash,” Hales said. “It’s such a hugely respected tournament around the world. The standard of cricket is amazing and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“Sydney Thunder is the full package. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, getting the chance to work with Shane Bond – who is a highly respected coach – and it’s a young club, so hopefully, I can be part of building a successful family there. As an opener, you want to be one of the leading run-scorers, so that’s definitely one of my aims.”

Hales was in the top-10 run-getters in the 2019 T20 Blast, scoring 418 runs for Nottinghamshire in 12 innings at an average of 38 and strike rate of 140, including five half-centuries. He is currently playing for the Barbados Tridents, who have reached the Playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League 2019, but has managed only 90 runs from eight innings.

Thunder coach Shane Bond was excited to have “one of the most destructive batsman” in his set-up. “He’s one of the best T20 batters in the world. To have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up,” he said.

“I spent a little bit of time with him at the Mumbai Indians and came up against him when I coached New Zealand and he smacked us a number of times.

“He’s one of the most destructive batters, is an outstanding fielder and is also obviously a highly experienced player. He’s highly respected at Notts and does a great job with their young players. With players like Sangha, Gilkes, and Davies, to have someone who has been there and done that, Alex has played in leagues all around the world and is an outstanding batsman in this format. To have someone like him to learn off is perfect.”