Alister McDermott signs with Brisbane Heat

Paceman Alister McDermott is the second confirmed signing for the Brisbane Heat for Big Bash League 2012-2013.

The 21-year-old Australia ‘A’ quick has agreed to a two-year deal with Brisbane.

McDermott joins Daniel Vettori as the first two signings announced by the Heat during the BBL signing window.

He was the leading wicket-taker for the Heat last season with nine wickets, playing in all seven games.

The right-arm paceman will tour with Australia ‘A’ to England after replacing the injured Patrick Cummins in the squad.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said McDermott displayed maturity beyond his years last summer, especially in the BBL where he found himself usually filling the crucial role of bowling at the end of an innings.

“Ali really stepped up and took on that ‘death bowlers’ role to great effect,” he said.

“He’s an absolute pleasure to coach and is the sort of young bloke that you want to have in your teams because he just delivers 100 percent whenever and whatever you ask of him.”

McDermott said he was excited about the next instalment of the BBL.

“It was a lot of fun last season, especially playing in front of some of the big crowds at the Gabba, and I’m sure it will be even more fun this time,’’ McDermott said.

McDermott admitted he was surprised at how quickly he had progressed in the past 12 months.

“A little bit yes, I knew if I worked hard and kept myself ready for any opportunity then hopefully I would be able to contribute to the team in whatever situation I found myself in. But probably didn’t expect to have the sort of year that I did. ”

The Heat will announce further signings during the recruiting window which will continue until Friday 20 July.

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