Prior joins Thunder Down Under

England international signs up for T20 stint in Sydney

Last Updated: 17/08/12 1:45pm

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Matt Prior: last played T20 cricket for England in 2010

Matt Prior: last played T20 cricket for England in 2010

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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has agreed a deal to join the Sydney Thunder in Australia's Big Bash League.

Prior, who has not played limited-overs international cricket since the 2011 World Cup, has been signed as a replacement overseas signing for Shahid Afridi.

All-rounder Afridi is due to join up with Pakistan midway through the six-week tournament.

"Sydney Thunder has put together an excellent squad and I think we have a real chance this season," Prior told the club's official website.

"The Big Bash has fast become a competition that players all around the world want to play in, so I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."
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"Also the Big Bash has fast become a competition that players all around the world want to play in, so I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."

Prior will line up alongside the likes of Australia skipper Michael Clarke and West Indies opener Chris Gayle - who like the 30-year-old is set to arrive late into the tournament, which begins on December 7.

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Prior, who is set to fly to Australia immediately after England's Test series in India finishes on December 17, is looking forward to lining up alongside the big-hitting Gayle.

"Standing at the other end could be dangerous at times," he said.

"I have played against him a lot in international cricket and there is no harder hitter of the cricket ball than him.

"I am as excited to play alongside him as I am sure the fans are to see him play."

The Thunder, who finished bottom of the inaugural BBL last season, also announced New Zealand opener Martin Guptill as an overseas replacement until Gayle's arrival.

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