Allrounder Dan Christian will return dwelling for this season’s BBL after signing for defending champions the Sydney Sixers in what might mark the start of the ultimate part of his T20 profession on Australian soil.
For Christian, 37, who was born in Sydney, the Sixers will probably be his fourth BBL membership after spells with the Brisbane Warmth, Hobart Hurricanes and most lately the Melbourne Renegades the place he helped them to their thrilling title victory within the 2018-19 season.
The transfer again to Sydney will permit Christian to hyperlink up with long-time buddy and the present Sixers captain Moises Henriques.
“You don’t always get your fairy tales in sport but having played this T20 format for a long time this sounded like a good opportunity to bookend my career at home,” Christian mentioned. “Although I am not saying this will definitely be my last contract, the chance to come back and play at the SCG with guys like Moises and under [head coach] Greg Shipperd was too good to miss.
“Moises and I first performed some colts cricket collectively after which went on to play collectively for NSW, Australia and Bangalore within the IPL. We have recognized one another for a very very long time and are nice mates. We have now performed plenty of cricket collectively and in opposition to one another and performed plenty of golf collectively. We nonetheless attempt to each time we’re in the identical metropolis.”
Christian’s arrival will add to the Sixers’ depth particularly in their middle-order batting options and death bowling.
“I have not talked to Shippy and Moises an excessive amount of a couple of function but however having watched the Sixers rather a lot over the previous few years and understanding their strengths, I hope I can bowl a number of overs when wanted and strengthen that ending function with the bat to assist shut these final 5 – 6 overs out,” he said.
“When you get to my age it simply occurs being in that mentoring function, being approached about the way you suppose in sure conditions, how you intend for sure eventualities. I get pleasure from that and if that chance occurs I am greater than keen to contribute what I can in that space.”
Shipperd added: “[Dan’s] some of the wanted T20 gamers globally and can convey a wealth of expertise and all-round expertise to our group.
“Our goal is to keep improving and we think bringing his aggression and knowledge will be great for the balance of the team. Dan also adds to our leadership strengths and I’m confident he will bring forward some enlightening thoughts on the game.”
Present Sixers squad Sean Abbott, Jackson Chicken, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk