English participation in the 2018-19 Big Bash has increased with news that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a>'s Test captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root/">Joe Root</a> and vice-captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jos-buttler/">Jos Buttler</a> will play for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sydney-thunders">Sydney Thunder</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The star pair will feature in the T20 league's first half - seven games in all - during the window between England's tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies. <p></p> <p></p>Buttler, 27 has previously played six games for Sydney Thunder in 2017-18 and before that for Melbourne Renegades. The cavalier batsman brings to the franchise the experience of 232 career T20 matches from which he has 5099 runs at a strike-rate of 144.65. In the last Big Bash, he scored 202 runs in six innings. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Can t wait <a href="https://twitter.com/root66?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@root66</a> <a href="https://t.co/r8NMu2q3du">https://t.co/r8NMu2q3du</a></p> <p></p> Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) <a href="https://twitter.com/josbuttler/status/1032771741368676352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <p></p>His Test skipper Root has featured in just 12 T20 games since the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 at Eden Gardens - eight for England and four for Yorkshire. He did not find any takers at January's IPL player auction, where Buttler was purchased by Rajasthan Royals. <p></p> <p></p>The 2018-19 Big Bash runs from December 18 to 17 February.