Sydney Thunder sign New Zealand paceman Adam Milne

The Sydney Thunder have signed New Zealand paceman Adam Milne ahead of the 2020/21 Big Bash League.

Milne made his international debut as a teenager in 2010, and has since taken 66 wickets for New Zealand.

He was at one stage of his career the fastest bowler in New Zealand’s short-format squad, reaching speeds of over 150km/h.

The 28-year-old boasts a T20I bowling average of 21.64, his career-best figures of 4/37 coming against Pakistan in January 2016.

Milne will join a formidable pace attack at the Thunder, which already boasts local talent Chris Tremain, Daniel Sams, Brendan Doggett, Ben Cutting and Nathan McAndrew.

He has also previously represented the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, but has recently been hampered by injury.

Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond has mentored Milne since he was plucked from his high school team over a decade ago.

“Adam is fast, he can swing the ball at 140-plus km/h; he’s a good fielder and is handy with the bat,” Bond said.

“When you’ve been to a World Cup, and some of the world’s top competitions, you’re a serious player and a hardened pro.

“The fact a player of Adam’s quality is available for the entire tournament is a real bonus for us. On a personal level, I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”

Adam Milne celebrates the dismissal of Australian batsman Moises Henriques in 2017.Source:AFP

Milne said he was likewise eager to work alongside Bond again, praising the New Zealander’s knowledge of the game.

“I have so much appreciation for ‘Bondy’ and the work he did with me at the start of my career,” Milne said.

“He has a wealth of knowledge about the game and is a great person to work with. He thinks deeply about cricket and is genuinely a good bloke, which helps.”

The schedule for the BBL is yet to be finalised, but the Thunder’s opening match is expected to take place in early December.

“You see Australia’s passion for cricket reflected in the BBL. Things like the big crowds and the derbies in Sydney and Melbourne make it quite attractive for an overseas player to take part in a competition like that,’ Milne said.

“It’s just trying to help win games of cricket for whatever team I’m playing for.

“From bowling in different competitions around the world, I think I’ve developed different skills and abilities to be able to change the game in different ways.”

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