Jacques Kallis firms as BBL addition?

02 April 2014


Sydney Thunder in talks with South African legend

Recently retired South African allrounder Jacques Kallis is firming as a possible Sydney Thunder T20 Big Bash League 04 acquisition, the franchise’s chief executive Nick Cummins confirming that discussions have commenced with the legendary cricketer’s management.

The Thunder are yet to finish off the bottom of the ladder in all three BBLs to date and the addition of the 38 year-old Kallis, who averaged a shade over 55 with the bat and 32 with the ball in Test cricket, would be a coup for the struggling club.

“We’ve been talking to his management, but I know a few teams are,” Cummins said.

“He wants to play Big Bash and the great thing about Jacques is he is two players; he's a batsman and a bowler, and that is invaluable in any team.

"I also think what we saw last season was the value of the older players in terms of their match awareness and composure. So, yes, we would love to have him and hopefully we can make that happen.”

While Cummins and the Thunder can’t progress further until a Cricket Australia embargo on Big Bash League signings is lifted in May, he can confirm that Michael Hussey will continue on as Thunder captain.

"Mike is the captain for next year, that's not something we'd consider," he said.

Despite the captaincy carrot being unavailable to them, Cummins is confident that one of the all-time greats will be wearing lime green this summer.

"We hope to put together an inducement that would get him across the line because he'd be a great addition for us.”

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