Sixers sign young quick for BBL

Mickey Edwards will join an impressive list of quicks at the Sixers this summer

The Sydney Sixers have bolstered their fast bowling stocks for season five of the KFC Big Bash League by signing towering young paceman Mickey Edwards. 

Born and raised on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Edwards joins fellow quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Doug Bollinger and Jackson Bird in an impressive array of speedsters at the Sixers.

But with international duties likely to limit Starc and Hazlewood’s playing commitments in the New Year, Edwards is every chance of making his debut for the magenta men this summer.

Selectors have kept a close eye on Edwards during the last couple of years, with the 20-year-old winning a spot on the Sixers Supplementary List for BBL|04 following a string of excellent performances during the Kingsgrove Twenty20 Cup.

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Edwards has continued his good form into 2015 and the 200cm quick can't wait to once again rub shoulders with his Sixers teammates.

"It's a dream come true to sign with one of the best Big Bash teams in the whole country," Edwards said. 

"Last year I was helped a lot by Doug. He was very loud and tried to get me involved as much as he could and helped me with my bowling, and helped me specifically with a slower ball bouncer so that was really good.

"It will be good to have Jackson Bird around, we get on quite well being Manly boys so I guess I'll just look to pick his brain a bit about how he bowls and his time in International cricket and how he goes about his Sixers and T20 cricket."

Edwards’s elevation through the ranks is a fine example of the Cricket NSW pathway, says Sixers General Manager Dom Redmond.

“Mickey is a great example of how the Kingsgrove T20 Cup and the Sixers Academy program can identify talent from outside the state system,” he said.

“We were very impressed with how Mickey performed last season, the highlight being his bowling in the Super Over during our Illawarra trial matches last season. His height, variation and potential convinced us that he deserves a spot at the Sixers for BBL|05.”

The Sixers commence their BBL|05 campaign on December 17 against cross-town rival - the Sydney Thunder - at Spotless Stadium.