Huge Setback for Thunder as David Willey pulls out of Aus T20 League
Blow for Thunder as David Willey pulls out of Australain T20 League 2023
Thunders suffered a major blow ahead of the forthcoming Australia T20 League season as David Willey pulled out of the competition. Willey was Thunder’s platinum signing in the inaugural draft.
On Tuesday, November 15, the club confirmed that they have mutually agreed to terminate the contract. “David and his management have been tremendous to deal with," Head of Thunder, Andrew Gilchrist said. "Thunder regrets David won't be playing for us this season, but we wish him and his family all the very best for the future."
Willey was a part of the England squad that won the T20 World Series on Sunday but didn’t get a chance to feature in a single game throughout the tournament. Besides his ability with ball in hand, Willey is globally recognised for his prowess as a premium hitter of the cricket ball down the order. Thunders have now begun searching for an apt replacement.
Willey backing out is definitely a setback for Thunders considering their overseas batters Alex Hales and Rilee Rossouw will be leaving in early January.
"We have started the process, but Thunder boasts some incredible players on this summer's roster," Gilchrist said. "Alex Hales has been a star for England's T20 World Series campaign, and Rilee Rossouw proved while playing for South Africa how dangerous he can be.
"We also have the best signing of the season in Dave Warner, while Jason Sangha, Chris Green, Tanveer Sangha, Ben Cutting, and Matthew Gilkes are among the best in the business."
Thunder will begin their campaign on December 13 against the Stars at the Manuka Oval.
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