Khawaja, who topped both the batting averages and runs scored for the Thunder last season, will be another vital cog in the re-vamped Thunder batting line-up.
He will form part of a talented group of left-handers, alongside David Warner
, Mike Hussey
and Eoin Morgan
, that will provide the ‘engine’ of the Thunder top order.
He is presently in superb form, having posted three scores in the sixties out of four innings in the current Ryobi Cup for Queensland.
Khawaja expressed delight at re-committing to the Thunder.
“I’m very happy to be re-signing with the Sydney Thunder," he said.
"A lot of work has taken place in the past few months to re-build the Thunder squad and with the talent that is available I’m confident that the team will go into this season’s BBL in a positive frame of mind.
"The management have made some shrewd signings and I’m looking forward to working closely with Michael Clarke
and Mike Hussey to build a strong culture at the club and to work closely with the younger players to create a winning attitude.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins was equally enthusiastic about having Khawaja back on board.
“Usman is a quality player and his experience and class will be great to have amongst the playing group this year," said Cummins.
"He was our best performed batsman last season and I am looking forward to his composure and cool head under pressure strengthening our top order.
"He has been around the game at the highest level for a while now and will be another vital part of our leadership group.”
The Thunder start their campaign with a ‘derby’ match against the Sixers at the SCG on Saturday 21 December.