Kurtis Patterson returns to Sydney Sixers in BBL

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Kurtis Patterson’s desire to spend Christmas at home with his newborn son prompted the opening bat to leave Perth and return to the Sydney Sixers.

Patterson was unveiled on Tuesday as the new signing of the Sixers, signing a new three-year deal with the club for which he played a lone game in 2012.

Born again into T20 cricket with his best Big Bash League season last summer when he opened for the Scorchers, Patterson is the only local player to leave the champions for next season.

The 29-year-old revealed he struggled with the decision after first speaking with the Sixers late last summer, before coming to a decision following the birth of son Hayden in April.

“That changes things. It makes you think about where your priorities are,” Patterson told AAP. “Even if we play away at Christmas, it’s just there at that time. That was the most important thing for me.

“I’m really lucky to get off the Scorchers and join the Sixers. I think it’s really known that they are the two most respected clubs in the Big Bash. But also their cultures and their success in the field speaks for itself.”

Patterson hopes to open for the Sixers this summer with the team’s first game against the Scorchers on December 14.

The NSW captain’s return comes as East Coast clubs aim to return to large crowds from Covid this summer, with Sixers memberships relaunched this week.

This month’s overseas draft is expected to draw more attention to the competition, with more than 170 players signed up.

Patterson is also hopeful that a return to more normal travel conditions can help improve his red ball form. He has not given up hope of completing his two Test tally against Sri Lanka in 2019, averaging 144 for Australia.

Told by the national selectors two years ago to only produce runs, Patterson has since endured two summers of inconsistent odds due to state line closures.

But with six Sheffield Shield matches scheduled for the BBL and Test summer this year, Patterson is hopeful it could make life easier.

“With six games and some one-day games leading up to the summer and BBL, you can find your rhythm a little bit more,” said Patterson. “It felt like it was really rushed [in recent years] to try and get three games in for Big Bash [last summer].

“But this will allow you to work your way into the season and build up so that everyone in the country is playing their best cricket by the time the first Test comes. Nationally everyone will benefit from this.”

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