Big Bash League (BBL) club Adelaide Strikers on Friday announced the signing of England all-rounder George Garton ahead of BBL 11.
The talented all-rounder recently signed a long-term deal with English county side Sussex. His most recent appearance was in the inaugural season of The Hundred tournament earlier this year. He had an impressive stint for the Southern Brave, picking up ten wickets from nine matches and was the winner of the Player of the Match award in the semi-final of the tournament. He played an instrumental role in helping the team clinch the title.
Garton was also a part of the English One-Day International squad for their series against Sri Lanka this year. The 24-year-old was also picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore before the resumption of the tournament in the UAE.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the Adelaide Strikers, a club with such a successful history in the Big Bash. It will be great to meet everyone and play with some familiar faces again like Travis, Alex and Rash. Hopefully, we can bring the trophy back to Adelaide in BBL|11!” said Garton upon joining the Strikers.
Strikers Head Coach Jason Gillespie also expressed his elation upon signing Garton. He said:
“George has been on England’s radar for a while now. He bowls left-arm fast, he can swing the new ball which is great, he is an aggressive left-hand batter who can clear the rope and he would be one of the best fielders in the world at the moment. He is top drawer.
“We identified that in the middle-order, to have a batting and bowling option is something that will be extremely useful to us. We are comfortable that we have a lot of great top-order options, but this is an area that we can strengthen within our squad.”
BBL 11 Strikers will start their BBL 11 campaign by playing their opening match against Melbourne Stars on December 7.