Chris Swan joins Brisbane Heat

The Brisbane Heat has signed experienced swing bowler Chris Swan for the inaugural KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said Swan had been chosen for his skill to swing the new ball.

“He knows how to win a game in a tight situation, which he has done before for the Bulls, and is a just a great fighter,’’ he said.

“We like that he can do something special with the new ball, because swinging it can be very handy in the early overs of T20. He’s a pretty cunning sort of bowler and will do a good job for us whatever situation we throw him into it.”

“He’s a bit old school too, so that experience and toughness he’s picked up by doing the hard yards in club cricket and then with Queensland is something I like.”

Swan was in the frame to play for the Bulls in last year’s Big Bash competition but he was ruled out on the eve of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

Swan said, “I was a bit surprised when Boof Lehmann grabbed me for a chat because it really came out of the blue, but I’m pretty excited about playing this format in this competition. I’m sure I’m up to the challenge.”

Swan, 32, is yet to play T20 cricket for Queensland but has played a Sheffield Shield and one-day for the XXXX GOLD Bulls over the past five seasons.

In one day cricket, Swan has taken 31 wickets at an average of 24.12 with an economy rate of 4.17. He has taken 96 first class wickets at 26.15.

He also played three T20 games for a Queensland XI against the touring Kolkata Knight Riders IPL development squad in 2008, taking 1-14 from four overs, 0-17 from four overs and 0-18 from three overs in each of his appearances.

Confirmed recruits for the Brisbane Heat

  • Ryan Broad
  • Nick Buchanan
  • Daniel Christian
  • Ben Cutting
  • Peter Forrest
  • Ryan Harris
  • Nathan Hauritz
  • James Hopes
  • Chris Lynn
  • Brendon McCullum (international)
  • Michael Neser
  • Chris Swan
  • Daniel Vettori (international)

The initial signing window for the BBL closes today at 5pm.

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