CRICKET: West Indies World Twenty20 final hero Carlos Brathwaite will join the Sydney Thunder for the rest of the Big Bash season after international teammate Andre Russell was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Russell had been carrying a knee tendinitis problem in the tournament but picked up the hamstring injury in his team's thrilling last-ball win over the Melbourne Stars at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old all-rounder was stretchered off during the game after pulling up lame chasing a ball to the boundary and the Thunder confirmed the injury would sideline Russell for at least four to six weeks.
Brathwaite became a star of the shortest format of the game in the World T20 final, smashing England bowler Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the last over of the final to lead the West Indies to the title.
"Carlos is dedicated to learning and advancing his game,” Thunder coach Paddy Upton said.
"With both bat and ball he's a very skilled T20 cricketer.
"I've had the pleasure of working with him for a season in the IPL and he really is the highest-quality individual.
"He's a top-quality cricketer and person, which ticks the two big boxes when it comes to Thunder recruiting players.”
The Thunder have not confirmed whether Brathwaite will be available for their next clash against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.
In Friday night's BBL clash the seventh-placed Adelaide Strikers entertain the Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval.
Strikers captain Brad Hodge said now was the time for his side to get going.
"We need some wins,” he said.
"It hasn't really gone to plan so far.
"We've played some good cricket amongst some average stuff so, if we can push the dead wood out and try and get back together and find some winning ways, that's important.”
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