Sixers sign boom fast bowler for BBL|06

08 August 2016
Mennie in action for Australia A // Getty

Rising star Joe Mennie returns to his home state for this summer's BBL season

The Sydney Sixers have secured the services of boom fast bowler Joe Mennie for this summer’s KFC Big Bash League season.

Mennie, who was born in NSW coastal town Coffs Harbour, will make the move from the Hobart where he has spent three summers playing for the Hurricanes.

"I’m really looking forward to getting home and spending some quality time with good people over Christmas," Mennie said.

"I got the call from my manager saying that he’d been approached by the Sixers and that they were keen to sign me.

"I thought it would be a great opportunity, the Sixers are obviously a great brand and a great team, I’ve spent a lot of time in Sydney, I love Sydney, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity."

Mennie will be hoping his outstanding first-class form can transfer to the shortest format of the game.

The tall right-armer was the 2015-16 Sheffield Shield leading wicket-taker, capturing 51 wickets in 11 matches for the West End Redbacks.

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His hunger for wickets has not waned since the Shield final in late March, taking hauls of 7-65 and 5-61 for Australia A against their South Africa counterparts in Brisbane and Townsville, respectively, this month.

"Joe has won admiration for his continual development as a player winning selection in the current Aust A series and performing with distinction," Sixers coach Greg Shipperd said.

"He also was the leading wicket-taker in Shield cricket with a monster 51 wickets bowling some 429 overs.

"T20 is a different beast of course but Joe brings skills in all three key areas of the game and I couldn’t be happier with his signing.

"We have been watching Joe’s development closely in all game formats and believe he brings a maturity and experience that will complement our squad.

"With access to our CA stars Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood limited, this is a critical and strategic signing bringing another quality bowler to join Doug Bollinger and Sean Abbott."

Sixers squad: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Johan Botha (OS), Ryan Carters, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Stephen  O'Keefe, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc

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