Fidel Edwards and Doug Bollinger sign for Sydney Thunder – Cricket News Update
Sydney Thunder announced the signing of Fidel Edwards as their second overseas player for the up-coming KFC Big Bash Twenty20 League, on July 13, 2011.
They have also recruited Australian left-arm fast bowler, Doug Bollinger, in a double scoop to boost their opening attack for the inaugural tournament.
Thunder’s General Manager, John Dyson, was thrilled to announce the capture of the star duo, who he believes will provide the best opening bowling combination for his side.
Regarding the two, he said, “Fidel has proven to be consistent wicket taker, especially in the last series against India, while Doug is one the premier fast bowlers in Australia and is coming off an excellent IPL series.”
Both pacemen have been in fine form recently. Fidel especially, has been exceptional since his return from a back injury, which kept him out of the side for nearly 2 years. He made his comeback in the recently concluded West Indies series against India,
where he provided the heroics with both, bowl and bat, to help his side draw the third Test match.
More so, he looked sharp with the ball, running in at pace and generating deadly late swing. In the three test matches, he claimed 19 wickets at an impressive average of 20.
Bollinger has also been impressive in the fourth edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League, for the Chennai Super Kings franchise.
He was one of the top performers for his side and was the main contributory with 17 wickets at an astonishing average of 19.35. He helped the Chennai based franchise win its second consecutive IPL title.
Fidel will be joining his fellow teammate, Chris Gayle, as the second overseas player. Thunder spent nearly half of their $1 million salary cap to get the services of the explosive left-hander, who is said to be the best exploit of the shortest format of
With both West Indies star set to open for the Thunder, in batting and bowling departments respectively, it is surely going to be a formidable challenge for the other teams in the tournament.
The Sydney Thunder squad so far: Doug Bollinger, Tim Cruickshank, Usman Khawaja, Daniel Smith, Jason Floros, David Warner. Over Seas Player: Chris Gayle, Fidel Edwards