David Warner is reportedly on the verge of confirming his long-awaited return to the Big Bash League by signing with the Sydney Thunder.
The Age reports that the in-demand Australian opener could sign for the western Sydney club as early as Saturday, marking his first return to the domestic competition since 2013.
Warner’s deal will reportedly be worth at least $340,000, which is the same as what’s being offered to the highest tier of overseas players in the competition’s inaugural draft.
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The left-hander — who was said to be in talks about playing in the UAE’s inaugural ILT20 — will replace Usman Khawaja, who has moved to the Brisbane Heat.
The door opened for Warner to return to the BBL after South Africa pulled out of an ODI series against Australia in January.
According to The AgeWarner was then among several Australian contracted players offered as much as $650,000 to play in the UAE start-up.
In the case of Warner, however, that outcome has been avoided — marking a massive boost for the Big Bash.
Warner will be available for five BBL matches after Australia’s three-Test tour against South Africa wraps up in Sydney in early January.