English Test captain Joe Root will hone his Twenty20 game after signing on for a stint in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.
The 27-year-old will join countryman Jos Buttler for the first half of the BBL season during a six-week window between the England team finishing its tour of Sri Lanka and starting a series against the West Indies.
Root joins the Thunder with an international T20 average of 35.77, including an unbeaten 90 runs against the West Indies earlier in the year.
"Everyone you speak to that has played in the Big Bash finds it a really interesting tournament and watching it you can see that," he said on Friday.
"You want to be involved in it and I'm really excited to get that opportunity with Sydney Thunder."
With the added addition of Root and Buttler to the roster, Thunder coach Shane Bond says his side will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
"Everybody knows Jos is one of the best T20 players in the world," the former New Zealand bowler said.
"Our fans want to see us put a squad together that can win the competition. We had a young team last year that is developing and when you put a couple of world-class players in the lineup it totally changes the look of the team ."
Root, who has never played in an overseas T20 tournament, will make his Thunder debut against the Melbourne Stars on December 21.
Australian Associated Press