Alex Hales has been signed by Sydney Thunder to participate in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.
The England opening batsman has been roped in by the BBL franchise for a one-year deal and will join South Africa's Chris Morris as Sydney Thunder's second overseas player.
Hales, who lost his place in the England side ahead of the World Cup after failing a drugs test, has previously been a part of the BBL for Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes.
“I really can’t wait to return to the Big Bash,” the 30-year-old told the club's website.
“It’s such a hugely respected tournament around the world. The standard of cricket is amazing and any chance you get to visit Australia and play over there is amazing, so I’m really looking forward to it," he added.
Hales comes at the back of exceptional performances in the recently concluded T20 Blast where he scored a half-century for Nottinghamshire in the semi-final against Worcestershire, which his side eventually lost by one run.
Hales revealed his excitement in getting a chance to work alongside former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond, who serves as the Sydney Thunder head coach.
"Sydney Thunder is the full package. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, getting the chance to work with Shane Bond - who is a highly respected coach - and it's a young club, so hopefully, I can be part of building a successful family there. As an opener, you want to be one of the leading run-scorers, so that's definitely one of my aims."
Bond claimed Hales possessed a wealth of talent and looked forward to his presence in the squad.
“He’s one of the best T20 batters in the world. To have someone of his quality available for the whole tournament for us is a great pick up,” he said.
“I spent a little bit of time with him at the Mumbai Indians and came up against him when I coached New Zealand and he smacked us a number of times."