Strikers sign dual-athlete for BBL|05
Keath trades Crows for Strikers this summer in historic deal
8 December 2015, 11:41 AM AEST
The Adelaide Strikers have created history today by signing dual athlete Alexander Keath for this season's KFC Big Bash League.
Keath, an ex-Victorian and Melbourne Stars allrounder who is currently a listed rookie with Australian Football League club Adelaide, will swap the footy studs for the cricket spikes this summer as the first player contracted by both an AFL and BBL club.
"We’re excited to have Alex on board with us this summer as he’s another allrounder that can really put a match in our favour with either bat or ball," South Australia Cricket Association High Performance General Manager, Tim Nielsen said.
"As someone who’s already made his BBL debut with the Stars, we’re confident that he’ll provide healthy competition for a spot in our eleven and add extra depth to our side."
WATCH: Keath profile from 2013
Keath. 23, played four matches for the Melbourne Stars before leaving cricket for Aussie Rules, moving to Adelaide and signing a Category B rookie contract with the Crows in October.
But that hasn't stopped the tall allrounder from dominating the West End Premier Cricket competition, averaging 104.33 for Prospect District Cricket Club with a top score of 144 against Adelaide University.
Keath will return to pre-season with the Crows at the end of the Strikers' BBL campaign under new head coach Jason Gillespie.
Plenty of media interest in first dual BBL/AFL contract holder. pic.twitter.com/tyDbnlFhWE
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