Alex Hales is back for the Sydney Thunder for BBL11. Image: @TrentBridge/ Twitter

Sydney Thunder has confirmed the BBL 10 leading run-scorer Alex Hales has signed for the upcoming season.

The Sydney Thunder announced today that last season’s top run scorer Alex Hales has signed up for a third-consecutive season in the upcoming BBL 11 season.

Hales led the Thunder last year with a league-best 543 runs and 30 sixes with a notable strike rate of 161.60.

Hales will link up with former English national coach Trevor Bayliss who was announced as the new Thunder coach earlier this year, replacing Shane Bond.

The 32-year-old admitted he was keen to link up with his former coach as he looks to form a strong case to regain his spot in the national side in time for the world cup in twelve months’ time.

“To me, the Big Bash is one of the most elite leagues in the world so it was a no-brainer for me to come back and play in it,” Hales said.

“We’ve [Hales and Trevor Bayliss] had a couple of video calls over the last month or two, I’m really looking forward to working with him again. He obviously had a great record with England especially with the white ball and he’s a highly regarded coach and to get the chance to work with him again is brilliant.

“It’s somewhere [Australia] I’ve really enjoyed playing my cricket, so I feel like if I can do it three times in a row and have a really successful tournament then that’s all I can do in terms of getting back into the team with the World Cup being the next year.

“Being back with the team I love and the team I know really well it’s gonna give me the best chance to do that.”

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Hales noted that he is excited to be back working with his opening partner, Usman Khawaja, and exciting youngster Oliver Davies.

“I love batting with Usman, we are different players but I think we complement each other well,” Hales said.

“Usman’s really enjoyable to be around, he’s got a very good quick-witted sense of humour, also loves Sydney Thunder as well, he bleeds Sydney Thunder I think he’s gonna be a fantastic leader.

“For me though, I am buzzing about the chance to bat with Ollie [Davies]. He is a super talent and there will be no better place to see him grow as a player than at the other end of the pitch.

“Ollie is an upcoming huge talent and a really nice guy, I’ve got a great relationship with both of those guys on and off the field, to get the chance to work with them again is something I’m looking forward to.”

Hales credited the successful club culture and is happy to be back at the club he loves.

“The culture at Sydney Thunder, both on and off the field, is something special and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it again,” Hales said.

“Being part of this club means a lot to me, and to our members and fans and you can tell that when you go out to play.”

The Thunder opens their Big Bash campaign at Manuka Oval against Brisbane Heat in a rematch of the Knockout Final on December 6.

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