Australia Top Cricketers, Michael Clarke and David Warner has announced their unavailability for the Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League Team with Clarke due to Australia’s tight international summer schedule in upcoming season and Warner took the decision to focus on Australia’s Test series against India and the one-day tri-series against England and India that follows and also wants to spend more time with his Wife and their new baby, expected in the next few months.
Clarke has been part of the Thunder squad since the 2nd season but never gave a proper presence which was useful to the club’s marketing, with the BBL clashing with Australia’s Test and ODI season.
Not only Clarke yet to play a game for the Thunder, he hasn’t made his debut in Australian domestic T20 cricket, having not participated in the format for New South Wales before the BBL was introduced. Clarke said that Australia’s Test series against India which will be following with a one-day tri-series with India and England grabing the December-January period, he is unlikely to make his debut this summer.
“Having looked at the fixture list for the upcoming summer it became apparent that my opportunities to play for the Thunder would be extremely limited,” Clarke said.
“I think it is in the best interests of the club if I make myself unavailable for selection this season and allow the Thunder the chance to offer a contract to a younger player who would really benefit from the opportunity. I will continue to support the club and monitor the situation in future seasons regarding availability.“
After Clarke announced his decision on thursday, it was Warner’s turn to declare about his part on the next day of his captain’s announcement. Warner said that this decision was only for present season and he will be keen to return to the BBL next summer.
“It was obviously a really hard decision because I love playing in the Big Bash,” Warner said. “But with a massive summer of international cricket I want to focus on doing the best I can for the Test team and hopefully help us win the World Cup.“
“Given there is so much international cricket it was unlikely that I would be available for many BBL matches. By then I’ll also have a new young family so the extra day or two at home between international games will be invaluable. I’ve made this decision just for this season; I’m looking forward to being involved in the Big Bash again next summer.“
Unlike to Clarke, Warner has been a crucial thing on several occasions and in three games across three seasons for the Thunder he has averaged 76 at a brilliant strike-rate of 181. The initial BBL contracting window will be closing next Friday, by the time all the teams must have signed at least 10 of their 18 players.