Mitchell McClenaghan inks Sydney Thunder deal after turning down New Zealand contract

Last updated 16:57 05/10/2017

Mitchell McClenaghan will play for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

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Kiwi paceman Mitchell McClenaghan has followed through on his desire to play in the Australian twenty20 league by signing for the Sydney Thunder.

The former Black Caps left-armer turned down his New Zealand contract in August to focus on playing in the Australian and South African twenty20 leagues.

He has already inked a deal with the Durban Qalanders in the new Global League in South Africa, which wraps up in December.

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The contracts come after stints with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League.

It was during his time with St Lucia that he decided to join Sydney.

"I spent some time at the St Lucia Stars with Shane Watson and got to know his outlook on the game and hear his passion for Sydney Thunder and the organisation," McClenaghan told

"I've admired watching his career and seeing how it's progressed. I enjoyed playing alongside him in St Lucia and I think I'll learn a lot from him during my time with Thunder.

"I grew up in Australia and watched a lot of Aussie cricket and to have the opportunity to play in the Big Bash is something I'm really looking forward to."

The Australian Big Bash League clashes with New Zealand's domestic twenty20 league.

The 31-year-old has played 48 one day internationals, 28 twenty20s and 38 tests for New Zealand.

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