Sixers sign Black Caps star Munro

New Zealand batsman to fly across the ditch to aid Sixers' push for BBL|06 finals

Laura Jolly

06 January 2017, 05:35 PM

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The Sydney Sixers are the latest KFC Big Bash club to unveil a new international signing, with New Zealand allrounder Colin Munro joining as a replacement overseas player for England’s Sam Billings.

Munro, who will join the Sixers next week, starred for the Black Caps in their T20I victory over Bangladesh on Friday, striking a stunning 101 off just 54 balls.

The left-handed allrounder will slot into the middle order in place of Billings, who has flown to India to join up with England’s limited-overs squad.

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Munro will miss the Sixers’ clash with the Renegades at the SCG on Monday, but will be available for their blockbuster derby against the Sydney Thunder on January 14.

The 29-year-old has represented the Black Caps across all three formats and has played in a host of T20 leagues around the world including the Indian and Caribbean premier leagues. 

"Colin is a fantastic short form batter and the ideal replacement for Sam Billings," Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond said.

"He had a great year in the CPL and has experience in the IPL with a terrific range of shots. He is in great form with his century for New Zealand against Bangladesh today showing his capabilities.

"Colin will be a valuable asset to help us secure a finals spot, he’ll be Sydney’s favourite Kiwi."

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The Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat also announced new international signings on Friday.

Sri Lanka allrounder Thisara Perera will join the Renegades as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo.

Perera, who last month finished a stint in the Bangladeshi Premier League, fills the hole left by allrounder Bravo, who underwent surgery on a severe hamstring tear suffered in the Renegades’ loss to the Scorchers at Etihad Stadium on 29 December.

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The 26-year-old allrounder, who played for the Brisbane Heat in BBL|02, was part of the Sri Lanka limited-overs squad that played Australia in August, where he was fined by the ICC after unleashing an enthusiastic spray at Australia vice-captain David Warner when the opener edged behind in the second one-dayer in Colombo.

Meanwhile, the Heat have secured English T20 International left-arm paceman Tymal Mills as the injury replacement for West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.

Mills will make his BBL debut on Wednesday night at the Gabba against the Perth Scorchers.

Mills made his English T20I debut last July and will use his stint with the Heat to build momentum for the upcoming T20 series against India in India at the end of the month.

The 24-year-old has been playing for the Auckland Aces in the New Zealand Super Smash series in December, taking 10 wickets in 10 matches with an economy rate of 6.61.

The Heat signed the Sussex quick to play matches against the Scorchers next week and the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Tuesday, January 17 as the replacement for Badree, who suffered a minor hamstring injury in the loss to the Sydney Sixers earlier this week.