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Sydney Thunder: Billings confirmed for KFC BBL|12 Draft

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Reigning Mike Hussey Medallist one of twelve world-class players awarded Platinum status in the KFC BBL|12 Draft

Sydney Thunder star Sam Billings is amongst twelve world-class players awarded Platinum status in the KFC BBL|12 Draft, with an updated list of nominees also announced today.

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Total nominations for Sunday’s Draft, to be broadcast live and exclusive on Fox Cricket, available on Foxtel channel 501 and Kayo Sports from 6:30pm AEST, now stands at 279 players.

Billings is joined on the Platinum player list by fellow past Thunder players Andre Russell, Jason Roy and Chris Jordan, while Alex Hales, one of Sydney Thunder’s all-time greats, has also nominated but sits outside the Platinum category.

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Thunder has the seventh pick in the first two rounds of the four round draft and also have the ability to retain Billings or Hales by activating their Retention Pick, if one of the six clubs ahead of them make a bid for them.

Former Thunder players James Vince and Carlos Brathwaite, who have both been part of title winning Sydney Sixers teams in recent seasons are also available in the Draft.

The list is headlined by the 12 Platinum players, who themselves form an outstanding and balanced T20 squad. The Platinum players in ‘batting order’ are:

– Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

– Jason Roy (England)

– Liam Livingstone (England)

– Sam Billings (England)

– Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

– Andre Russell (West Indies)

– David Willey (England)

– Shadab Khan (Pakistan)

– Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

– Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

– Chris Jordan (England)

– Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Roy, Billings, Russell, Willey, Shadab Khan, Jordan and Boult all appear on the KFC BBL|12 Draft nominations list for the first time. They and their fellow Platinum players are the only players eligible for selection in the first round of the Draft.

The updated nominations list can be found here.

Following the Draft, Clubs will be able to sign unselected players as Overseas Replacement Players based on their nominated availabilities in the Draft.

Sydney Thunder BBL|12 Squad

Head Coach: Trevor Bayliss

Contracted Players: Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, David Warner

Sydney Thunder BBL|12 Home Fixtures

Tue 13 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars | Manuka Oval | 7:15pm

Fri 16 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Adelaide Strikers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 8:15pm

Tue 27 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm

Sat 31 Dec | Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes | Lavington Sports Ground | 3:30pm

Sun 8 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 7:15pm

Fri 13 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers | Sydney Showground Stadium | 6:30pm

Thu 19 Jan | Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades | Manuka Oval | 7:15pm

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