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Brathwaite’s signing comes less than a week after speedster Mitchell Starc confirmed he would also pull on the magenta again this summer.
The 32-year-old Barbadian all-rounder will arrive in Australia before the start of the tournament and joins Tom Curran and James Vince as the Sixers’ three international players to now have signed with the defending champions for this season.
Brathwaite played four games for the Sixers in BBL|07 after coming in as a replacement player, helping the side on a late season four game win streak that left them two points shy of the semi finals.
A born entertainer on and off the field, Brathwaite thrilled Sydney fans in his cameo stint with bat, ball and his dancing moves, including ‘the dab’ that was a massive hit with fans.
“I have very fond memories of Sydney,” Brathwaite said from Pakistan where he is playing in the Pakistan Super League for Peshawar Zalmi.
“I think Sydney is easily becoming my favourite city. I have good memories of playing at the SCG in my second Test match and even better memories of playing BBL for Sixers.
“The aura of the ground and cricket in NSW with all the history there is special. I remember great times dancing at the games and the times in the dressing rooms with our team. It’s a great organisation.”
Brathwaite formed a bond with Nathan Lyon and said he was looking forward in continuing to build that relationship and learn from captain Moises Henriques.
“I’m looking forward to playing with the GOAT again, Nathan Lyon,” he said.
“We had some good battles together in a Test and shared some time in the dressing room. He’s a great character and has great banter so I really enjoy playing with him.
“Moises is another guy I am really looking forward to playing with again. I am hoping to learn more about his style of leadership. I really like the way he has transformed from an all-rounder to a class top order batter.”
Sixers head coach Greg Shipperd said the Sixers were looking forward to everything that the hulking Brathwaite brings to his cricket.
“We are excited about the prospect of being reunited with Carlos for this unique season 10 of BBL,” Shipperd said.
“We were struggling three seasons ago and Carlos joined as a replacement player and we finished four from four and he contributed greatly to our rebalance.
“Carlos is a man who embraced our on and off field endeavours so we are keen to have him back in the fold and contributing his experience to our chase for consistency and another shot at a title.”
The Sixers will begin their title defence on December 10 against the Hobart Hurricanes in the first of three away fixtures in Tasmania. The fixture can be found here.
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The Sixers' BBL squad now consists of 19 players: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Stephen O'Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince