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Ming Li Becomes First Chinese Player to Play in Big Bash

Ming Li

Hong Kong's Ming Li became the first Chinese cricketer to join Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League, after honing his bowling by watching YouTube videos of Shane Warne. The Sydney Sixers hired the 24-year-old for the southern summer season under the Cricket Australia rookie programme.

Li has played cricket since 2004 and made his debut for Hong Kong in 2010, followed by selection for the 2010 Guangzhou and 2014 Incheon Asian Games. A right-arm leg-spinner, his fascination with cricket came from watching his idol Warne on YouTube, modelling his action on the leg-spin legend. Li became the first ethnic Chinese to take part in an official T20 match when Hong Kong played Afghanistan in Sharjah during the 2012 ICC World Cup qualifiers.The Big Bash League gets underway on December 17.