Joe Denly returns to Sydney Sixers after prolific T20 season

Joe Denly walks out in front of a full house at Kia Oval Getty Images

Joe Denly, the Kent batsman, will return to Sydney Sixers for the 2018-19 Big Bash campaign.

He was a mid-tournament replacement last season when he played four matches, making 146 runs with a top score of 72 not out against Melbourne Stars.

Denly, who has enjoyed a resurgence in his career over the last three years, has had another impressive summer for Kent. In the Vitality Blast he was Kent's leading run-scorer and wicket-taker with 409 runs at 37.18 and a strike-rate of 145 alongside 20 wickets with his legspin.

Against Surrey at The Oval he became the first player to score a century and take a hat-trick in a T20 match.

"The Big Bash has always been a competition that I've wanted to play in and I'm very proud to be part of it," Denly said. "I had a ball of it last time and I'm looking forward to it again this year."

Greg Shipperd, the Sixers head coach, said: "He made and incredible impression within our group as an opener, but also offers us another spin bowling option. Having watched Joe's form in domestic cricket in England, it's clear he is at the top of his game right now. He is an all-round package that we are extremely excited about."