Brath­waite to re­place in­jured Rus­sell

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Twenty20 star Car­los Brath­waite has joined reign­ing cham­pi­ons Syd­ney Thun­der for the re­main­der of the Big Bash League cam­paign, re­plac­ing West Indies team­mate An­dré Rus­sell, who has been ruled out with a ham­string in­jury. The 28-year-old Bar­ba­dian, who was va­ca­tion­ing over­seas re­cently, is ex­pected to link up with the fran­chise shortly, but there was no con­fir­ma­tion on if he would be ready for Sun­day’s clash against Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes at Blund­stone Arena. “Car­los is ded­i­cated to learn­ing and ad­vanc­ing his game. With both bat and ball, he’s a very skilled T20 crick­eter,” said Thun­der coach Paddy Up­ton. “I’ve had the plea­sure of work­ing with him for a sea­son in the IPL and he re­ally is the high­est-qual­ity in­di­vid­ual. “He’s a top-qual­ity crick­eter and per­son, which ticks the two big boxes when it comes to Thun­der re­cruit­ing play­ers.”

Brath­waite came to promi­nence dur­ing last year’s Twenty20 World Cup in In­dia when he lashed sixes off the first four de­liv­er­ies off seamer Ben Stokes in the last over of the fi­nal against Eng­land to pro­pel West Indies to a dra­matic win.

He is a hard-hit­ting lower-or­der bats­man and steady seamer and com­pletes his all-round game as a sharp fielder.

Brath­waite is a mem­ber of both the Windies Test and one-day in­ter­na­tional sides, and also cap­tains their T20 squad.

He re­places Rus­sell, who, on Wed­nes­day, pulled up with an in­jured ham­string dur­ing a game against Mel­bourne Stars and had to be stretchered off.

Thun­der an­nounced on Thurs­day that the Ja­maican would be out of ac­tion for up to six weeks, rul­ing him out of the re­main­der of the Big Bash.

Johnny Bloom­field


Car­los Brath­waite

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