Thomas Feels Like a Rookie Again

15 December 2012

Scorchers recruit Alfonso Thomas has trained for the first time with his new team mates and said he feels like he has just started playing cricket.

Scorchers recruit Alfonso Thomas has trained for the first time with his new team mates and said he feels like he has just started playing cricket.

Thomas arrived in Perth earlier this week from his home in the UK and immediately enjoyed the warmer conditions.

"I've been doing a lot of indoor training, so it's fantastic to be outdoors and I'm enjoying every moment. I'm loving it," he said.

The South African-born quick is a highly sought-after bowler in T20 and has been a key member of English county team Somerset’s successful limited overs squad in recent seasons.

He has also played in the Indian Premier League for the Pune Warriors and in last summer’s KFC T20 Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers. He has taken 173 wickets in 153 T20 matches at 21.58 and has conceded just under 7.5 runs per over.

"I've had the good fortune of playing all over the world, I have a lot of experience in this format and I'll be looking to help the younger bowlers as well," he told reporters prior to today's session at The Furnace.

Thomas had made the decision not to play in this summer's KFC T20 Big Bash League, but that changed soon after Justin Langer was appointed head coach of the Scorchers and put a call in to his former Somerset team mate.

"I found it very difficult to say no to JL," he said.

"I wasn't going to come over this year but the guy has done a hell of a lot for my career over the years and it's a great way to repay him."

Thomas landed in the early hours of Wednesday morning and was keen to play for the Scorchers in the match against the Melbourne Stars later that night, however it was decided he should focus on getting himself right for this weekend's road trip to Sydney and Brisbane.

The Scorchers are hoping his arrival will be the catalyst for a shift in fortunes after dropping their opening two matches to the Stars and the Adelaide Strikers.

"It wasn't the most ideal game the other night. I honestly think it was a good toss to win, but at the same time (the Stars) bowled well," he said.

"Hopefully we can put that behind us when we go to Sydney on Sunday. In these tournaments you just want to get into the top four, then it becomes a free for all. If you can get into the finals the form book goes out the window."

Thomas has also backed his good friend and former Proteas team mate Herschelle Gibbs to be back among the runs in the not too distant future.

"He's a high class performer and he'll be looking to entertain everyone around Australia over the next couple of weeks," he said.

The Scorchers take on the Sydney Sixers tomorrow afternoon at 4pm WST before travelling to Brisbane on Monday for a match against the Heat, beginning at 4.30pm WST on Tuesday.

Scorchers fans are encouraged to put their orange kit on and head to the Grosvenor Hotel in East Perth, our 'away home' to watch both matches.

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