England’s James Vince has re-signed with Sydney Sixers for BBL|09 and the top order batter has his eyes squarely on the title.
The captain of Hampshire in county cricket, Vince played the second half of BBL|08 last summer as a replacement for fellow England international Joe Denly and impressed for the Sixers.
Vince has represented his country in all formats and this year was part of England’s World Cup one-day squad, playing his last ODI against Australia at Lord’s in July.
Equally at home calmly building a total as he is at taking it to an attack, Vince is also adept at scoring on both sides of the wicket.
The 28-year-old right-hander joins fellow Englishman Tom Curran at the Sixers and said he was looking forward to helping the club improve on last summer’s semi-final appearance in the new five-team finals format.
"My family and I were made to feel very welcome at the Sixers and had a wonderful time living in Sydney," he said.
"The SCG is an amazing stadium to play at and we had some great support there last season. I look forward to more of the same this season.
"Having lost out in the semis in BBL|08, I’m hoping we can go all the way this time around.
"There is a huge amount of talent in the squad and some great people at the club. I’m looking forward to contributing to what is hopefully going to be a great BBL for the Sixers."
The Thunder, meanwhile, have signed experienced South African Morris for the upcoming season.
Morris has played all three formats for the Proteas, making 23 appearances for his country in T20 cricket, and has been playing alongside Vince for Hampshire in England in recent months.
"Obviously since the tournament started with the Big Bash, it’s one of the tournaments that any cricketer would want to play in,” Morris said.
"For me the way I looked at it was, it was part of my cricketing career bucket list.
"It was a no brainer when Sydney Thunder came calling."