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Cricket: Warner committed to Thunder

Sydney Thunder have been handed a big boost with the news that David Warner is committed to seeing out BBL 13 before heading off to the ILT20.

The Thunder pulled off a massive coup when bringing Warner back to the Big Bash League on a two-year deal last year, and he is set to honour his contract despite agreeing a move to play in the UAE.

Warner’s schedule is up in the air to a certain extent, but there is no need for the Thunder members to be concerned as the swashbuckling batsman is committed to the cause.

It has been an off-season of change at the Thunder, and Warner is key to their chances of success in BBL 13.

Sydney Thunder have just one title to their name, which came on BBL 05, and hope to end that drought in the forthcoming campaign.

Warner agrees Capitals deal

The Dubai Capitals, who play in the International League T20, have just announced a host of new signings for the forthcoming campaign, and Warner is among them.

It sparked immediate fears that the deal could have an impact on Warner’s time with the Thunder as the two competitions clash.

The ILT20 is set to take place in January and February, but an exact start date has yet to be confirmed. Although it is thought to be 13th January.

One thing is certain, the BBL 13 regular season will run until 17th January, but Warner will be needed for longer if the Thunder make finals.

The BBL final is due to be played on 24th January and the Thunder will set their sights on being in it.

Warner on Test duty

Meanwhile, as long as Warner retains his place in the Australia Test side, he will be on duty with the Baggy Greens up until 7th January.

That is when the series with Pakistan will come to an end and Warner will then link up with the Sydney Thunder.

His first game could be against the Perth Scorchers on 8th January, with games against Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades to follow.

Finals, if the Thunder get there, will begin on 19th January.

Bancroft joins Thunder

The Thunder have already pulled off something of a coup with the capture of star opening batsman Cameron Bancroft from the Perth Scorchers.

Funnily enough Bancroft is being earmarked as a long-term successor to Warner in the Aussie Test side, and is a big signing for the Thunder.

Bancroft played a huge role in the Scorchers winning the BBL title last season, but has moved on due to the amount of competition in their batting line-up.

Bancroft made 357 runs in 11 games for the Scorchers last season, including four half-centuries and a top score of 95.

Current Sydney Thunder squad for BBL 13: Cameron Bancroft, Ollie Davies, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner.

Thunder bolster coaching ranks

Meanwhile, the Thunder have also bolstered their coaching ranks in the hope it will boost their chances of success.

Dan Christian retired as a player for arch rivals the Sydney Sixers at the end of BBL 12 and will now link up with the Thunder.

Christian has been named as assistant coach to top man Trevor Bayliss.

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