Polly returns for the Adelaide Strikers
Friday July 20, 2012
International T20 superstar Kieron Pollard has today confirmed that he will return to play for the Adelaide Strikers in this season’s KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Strikers' coach Chuck Berry said it was great for all fans that Polly, who has just finished a successful limited over series playing for the West Indies against New Zealand.
“It’s been no secret that we wanted him back, and that he was a priority for the Strikers, so today is a good day for us,” Chuck said.
“It has been a tough recruiting environment with about a quarter of existing League players changing teams. We are really pleased with the group we have been able to retain and attract and I think we have secured a very well balanced list.
“And with 10 of our 15 players signing on for multiple year contracts, we can plan well into the future for the Adelaide Strikers.”
Polly – with a strike-rate of 161 – will return to Adelaide in early December for the Strikers' first match.
“Coming back to Adelaide has always been on my mind. It’s always been a great set-up for me as a cricketer. Last year was obviously frustrating for me so I definitely feel I have some business to take care of,” Polly said from his home in Trinidad.
“I still know a lot of the guys which is pleasing, and there are some quality players in the line-up. I've been keeping an eye on the signings and there have been plenty of changes everywhere. Chuck and Jamie Cox have been working hard to get a really good mix together.
“I see Taity is back and that's good news for us. I enjoy what he brings to a side, so I am definitely looking forward to catching up with him again. Having Johan Botha there to captain the side is going to bring some fresh ideas for sure as he is an experienced leader as well as a quality cricketer, and senior players like Maxy Klinger and Andrew McDonald give a lot of strength to the line-up. Fergy is a real X-factor too and I'm sure he will put his stamp on proceedings.
“It’s great to see a few younger players in the squad. We'll all help where we can so they learn quickly and build a side that will stay together and be strong for years.
“I’m hoping everyone will get behind the Strikers again – the atmosphere at Adelaide Oval has always been awesome. Adelaide is a great cricketing city so I’ll be bringing my best for our first game in December.”
Adelaide Strikers to date: Johan Botha, Theo Doropoulos, Callum Ferguson, Jon Holland, Phillip Hughes, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Andrew McDonald, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Gary Putland, Nathan Reardon, Kane Richardson, James Smith, Shaun Tait.
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