The Perth Scorchers have announced their first player signing by re-signing popular spinner Brad Hogg for the second season of the Big Bash League.
Hogg played all nine matches for the Scorchers and took 13 wickets for the tournament and conceded just 5.61 runs per over.
Hogg playing two T20 international matches for Australia against India almost four years after retiring from top level cricket.
Hogg then played in the Bangladesh Premier League with the Sylhet Royals, the MiWay T20 in South Africa for the Cape Cobras, and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals.
He will also be playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) for the Wayamba Wolves.
Scorchers Head Coach Lachlan Stevens said the recruitment of Hogg is part of a plan to keep the core group of last season’s playing list together for BBL2.
“Our inaugural squad got us to the final and we want to give as many of these players the opportunity to compete once again for the Perth Scorchers,” Stevens said.
“Hoggy was a cult figure in the Big Bash League last summer and to have him wearing the orange colours again is something we were very keen to make happen. It is exciting to have him back.
“Some viewed his signing last summer as a risk but we knew that a guy who could spin the ball both ways could be really effective. We were so happy that he performed extremely well and became the centrepiece of the Scorchers.”
Meanwhile dynamic iron ore producer Atlas will again feature on the front and back of the orange playing shirt after agreeing to extend their partnership with the Scorchers for another season.
“We are delighted to have Atlas back on board with the Perth Scorchers after what was a highly successful partnership for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League tournament,” WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said.
“Atlas is a relatively new Western Australian mining company so it is a good fit to have them aligning with a relatively new Perth sporting team in the Scorchers.
“Atlas’ support is greatly appreciated by all that are involved with the Scorchers, from players to coaches and support staff, and we look forward to their support long into the future.”
Atlas Managing Director Ken Brinsden said the company supported the Scorchers because they promoted sport while providing family entertainment.
“Atlas has a firm policy of being part of the community, supporting community events and having fun along the way,” Mr Brinsden said.
“Like thousands of West Australians, we had a great time being part of the Scorchers last year and we are delighted to be doing our bit to help them go one step further this season.”