Thornely hit a record-breaking 261 against Western Australia in 2004 and played for Surrey Lions in 2005.
He has represented Australian under-19 and spent time at the Australian national cricket academy but the right-hander's batting form faltered in the late 1990s and he was dropped from the New South Wales squad in 2000.
Thornely also works part-time for a management company for whom Brett Lee is the star client.
He reinvented himself as an all-rounder for Surrey and then regained his place in the NSW squad - as a bowler.
He returned to favour as a batsman after several successful seasons with Northern District and has also represented Australia A.
He signed for Hampshire in 2006 and was a valuable member of their line-up with both bat and ball, scoring 759 championship runs and taking nine wickets in the Twenty20 cup.