Gayle to play for Sydney Thunders in Big Bash T20

Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 10:55 [IST]
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Big Bash: Gayle becomes Sydney's Thunder

Sydney, Jun 30: Out of favour with the national selectors, West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle is now all set to form one of the most feared partnerships at the top with David Warner for Australia's Big Bash T20 team Sydney Thunder.

Gayle, who is now out of the West Indies national squad due to an ongoing dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has an outstanding T20 record. At the international T20 scene, he averages 32.46 for the West Indies with a strike rate of 144.49.

The 31-year old also played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL4) and ended up being the highest run-scorer despite joining the tournament at a later date.

The Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) said that Gayle joined Sydney Thunder after the Perth Scorchers rejected his contractual demands. It said it made an offer of $265,000 to Gayle through his management company.

Sounding ecstatic at the chance of joining Sydney Thunder and playing under the tutelage of John Dyson, Gayle in a statement, said, "I am thrilled to be able to come to Sydney and play for the Thunder. Having worked well with (coach) John Dyson in the West Indies, I was impressed with his plans for the Thunder and I think the team will have a great chance to win this competition."

The tal-left hander stated that he was eager to play alongside David Warner. He said, "I look forward to walking out to open the batting with David Warner when the season starts."

OneIndia Cricket

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