Sammy-Jo Johnson has re-signed with Sydney Thunder. In anticipation of the Women’s Big Bash in 2022–2023. Prior to the 2020–21 season. The all-around player, who had previously played for Brisbane Heat, joined Thunder.
She has played in 89 WBBL games throughout the course of her career. total of 671 runs at a strike rate of 121.77 and 85 wickets, good for 10th place in the all-time wicket-taking rankings. Johnson had a dismal year with the ball in 2021, capturing just 10 wickets. She declined offers from other teams and a deal with The Hundred in order to focus on her responsibilities as a senior Thunder player.
Sammy-Jo Johnson’s statement Sydney Thunder
“I love everything Sydney Thunder stands for,” she said. “so love its connection to the community, and I love that we represent the western suburbs – I have been a ‘westie’ since. I came down from Queensland, and I wouldn’t live anywhere else. “Some other clubs came knocking – nipping at the ankles. – but I shut that down quite quickly. I had no plans to leave Sydney Thunder and my teammates.
“I had a last-minute opportunity to go to England. but I said no because I wanted to make sure I was fit, strong and healthy for Thunder. Last season I felt as though I let the team down a little bit as a senior player, and I wanted to make sure I ticked some boxes during the off-season.
“I’ve worked hard on my fitness, and I feel strong. I was away from home for six months last year, but, heading into WBBL08, I feel as though I’ve benefited from having a routine because I am feeling strong and confident.”
Trevor Griffin added
“Sammy-Jo is quality with the ball, powerful with the bat, and what we saw in her batting towards the backend of last year’s WBBL is she has more than just the power game.
“Some of the shots she played through the covers suggested to me she’s much more than a player who is pigeon-holed as a big hitter.
“Sammy-Jo has the ability to bat in a number of roles. she can bowl at different stages of the game, and I’m delighted she’s decided to continue playing with Thunder.”