London - England's Test captain Joe Root and vice-captain
Jos Buttler have agreed a deal to play for Sydney Thunder in the first half of
the 2018-19 Big Bash League.
Both players will be available for seven games that fall
between England's winter tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
Root went unsold in the lucrative Indian Premier League
auction in January and has played just 12 T20 matches since England's defeat by
West Indies in the World T20 final in April 2016 due to a combination of his
Test commitments and poor form.
By contrast, Buttler is one of most in demand players in the
world in the short form of the game and is fresh from hitting his first Test
century in England's third test defeat to India.
Buttler starred for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL this
year and returns to Sydney Thunder after scoring 202 runs in six innings during
last year's Big Bash.