Sydney Thunder have further bolstered their squad for the fourth Big Bash League by
signing England international Eoin Morgan.
Morgan will play four matches for the Thunder in what will be his second spell with
the club after impressing during his first spell. The 28-year-old hit 118 runs in his four innings, with a hugely impressive strike-rate of over 125 when he last played for the Sydney outfit.
Sydney Thunder are hoping that their performances will improve this season after
languishing at the bottom of the Big Bash League for the first three seasons. The franchise have certainly recruited well this season after previously putting all their eggs in one basket relying heavily on Chris Gayle to perform wonders.
Gayle failed to live up to the hype. Their side is stronger now in all departments with more recruitment to take place, particularly as the side are yet to sign a wicket-keeper.
Jacques Kallis is the stand-out performer in the squad but with a batting line-up of Morgan, Mike Hussey, Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja the Thunder are hopeful of challenging for honours this season.
The lesser known names of Aiden Blizzard, a big hitting batsmen, and Pat Cummins, the Aussie quick, are equally as exciting as the household names mentioned above.
England will also be hopeful that a stint in Australia will help Morgan with his own personal form prior to England's World Cup warm-up games against Australia and India and the World Cup itself Down Under.
Morgan will be joined in the Big Bash by Nottinghamshire duo Alex Hales and Michael Lumb who will playing for the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers.
Is this the way forward for England's ODI stars? Not only will they be financially rewarded by their clubs but the experience they gain in non-English conditions can only aid the National side in their development, as well as the individuals themselves.
How will Sydney Thunder fare in BBL04 and will the English players have a positive impact on the competition?
Round one of BBL04 will begin on the 18th December when the Adelaide Strikers take on the Melbourne Stars at the Adelaide Oval with Sydney Thunder starting their campaign against the Brisbane Heat at the ANZ stadium on the 21st December.
Likely Thunder line-up for BBL04:
[Wicketkeeper - yet to be signed]