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Ferguson joins Sydney Thunder on three-year contract

Callum Ferguson shapes to hit over the off side Getty Images

Callum Ferguson has signed up with Sydney Thunder for the next three seasons, ending his three-year stay with Melbourne Renegades. Ferguson, who has also played for Adelaide Strikers before his Renegades stint, joins a young Thunder squad under head coach Paddy Upton.

"There's a lot of things that attracted me to Sydney Thunder," Ferguson said. "It's a great city and I'm looking forward to the experience of being a senior player in a young and talented group."

The middle-order batsman - who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday - has played 76 T20s, scoring 1373 runs at an average of 22.50. He made his Australia debut in 2009 and has since been plagued by knee injuries that have kept him away for long periods both in 2009-10 and 2015-16. Since his return, however, Ferguson has been one of South Australia's main batsmen, and has been in top form this season.

Ferguson kicked the season off by assisting South Australia to the final of his JLT One-Day Cup, scoring 73 and 169 in the lead up to their final loss to Western Australia. In three Sheffield Shield matches this season, Ferguson has 88 and 182* in two of his six innings.

Michael Hussey, the franchise's director of cricket, said that Ferguson was on the Thunder's radar for some time now and was "excited" to have the batsman on board. "He's been one of our main targets throughout the off season," Hussey said, "and we know that there was a lot of competition for his signature."

The Big Bash League kicks off with the Thunder playing Sydney Sixers on December 19.