Jason Roy signs for Sydney Thunder

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Surrey batsman Jason Roy has signed up to play for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash T20 league in Australia this winter.

The South African-born opener will replace Eoin Morgan in the side whilst the England ODI captain joins up with the national side. He will play three matches in Australia, before joining up with the England Lions squad in mid-January.

The 24-year old was the leading run scorer in this year's Natwest T20 Blast, hitting 677 runs in total and striking at a rate of over 150. Following his breakthrough domestically, Roy made his debut for England in a T20 international against India at the end of the summer.

"The Big Bash is a huge competition for an overseas player to be involved in," Roy told reporters.

"I'm looking forward to getting over there and playing in front of the big crowds with an amazing squad.”

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"Hopefully I can get my name out there and show people what I'm about and help win some games for the Thunder.”

The youngster will be linking up with Jacques Kallis, and is clearly relishing the prospect of batting alongside one of the game's great players.

Kallis experience

“Growing up in South Africa, I watched Jacques Kallis play a lot. To be able to play alongside him is going to be an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to picking his brain along the way."

Roy will make his debut on January 9th against the Hobart Hurricanes, with his spell coming to an end on January 22nd.

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