Billings back with Thunder
Sydney Thunder have announced English wicketkeeper Sam Billings has re-signed for the forthcoming Big Bash League campaign.
The Thunder are priced at 6.50 to win BBL11 and having Billings back on board will give them a huge boost.
The Thunder will have a strong English connection heading into the season as former England coach Trevor Bayliss will be at the helm while star batsman Alex Hales is also on board again.
Billings is looking forward to working with Bayliss once again and is also excited by the squad that the Thunder are assembling.
He thinks exciting times are on the horizon and Thunder could be in the mix to win the Big Bash League.
"I think the most exciting thing about coming back to the Thunder is the group of young players that complement the older, experienced heads," Billings told the Thunder website.
"Hales is obviously a high quality player and we have all seen what he can do.
"In my first experiences with Sydney Thunder last season there were obviously positive signs but we didn't finish where we wanted to, or could finish. There is no reason we can't take another step forward and go close to the title."
Bayliss the key
Billings is also in no doubt that the Thunder are in safe hands with Bayliss being head coach.
"He's a good coach to learn off. Both Halesy and I have played a lot under Trevor and it's really exciting," he added. "Not only for younger players, but for the older players, to be influenced by TB."