Gayle back with Sydney Thunder

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.
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West Indies superstar batsman Chris Gayle has once more signed with Sydney Thunder for another season of Australia’s glitzy Twenty20 Big Bash. The 32-year-old left-hander played for the Thunder last season and was a hit at the ANZ Stadium, smashing 252 runs at an average of 42.

“I am really happy to have signed with the Thunder,” Gayle said.

“After my experience last year, I always wanted to return. I love Sydney so I cannot wait to get amongst the guys again. The Thunder squad is looking good with a solid mix of youth and experience.”

Gayle was only recently recalled to the West Indies side following a 15-month hiatus, owing to an impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

During his time away from international cricket, he increased his Twenty20 stocks significantly with successful stints in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the cash-rich Indian Premier Leagues.

Gayle is one of the four West Indies players already confirmed for the Dec. 7 to Jan. 19 showpiece.

Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine will debut for the Sydney Sixers, batsman Kieron Pollard will play for the Adelaide Strikers, while fast bowler Kemar Roach has signed for Brisbane Heat.

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