Morgan pens new Sydney Thunder deal

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Big Bash League defending champions the Sydney Thunder have secured the services of England batsman Eoin Morgan for the third time.

Morgan will be availabe for the green Sydney side for the first half of the tournament, looking to add to the eight matches he played in his past two stints.

Morgan, who is set to replace the retired Mike Hussey as Thunder skipper, said: “I’m delighted to be back at Sydney Thunder, particularly after the success they had last year.

“It’s great to be back and wearing the green shirt. Watching from afar the progress of the side last year was awesome and I was delighted for everybody at the club.”

Morgan added of the growing popularity of the BBL: “It’s gotten bigger every year and the product now puts it right up there with the IPL in India.

“It’s a fantastic tournament to play in, it attracts the wider public and not just a cricket following and more importantly it attracts families to it.

“Cricket Australia have done a great job growing the game through the vehicle that is the Big Bash.”

Hussey, who is now the side’s director of cricket, said of Morgan’s return: “Eoin is one of the most respected players in world cricket.

“He is a very destructive batsman capable of incredible T20 performances who has a wealth of experience playing at the very highest level.

“As an international captain, Eoin also brings key leadership qualities that will assist Shane and the the team.”

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