Daniel Vettori joins Brisbane Heat

New Zealand Test captain Daniel Vettori has joined the Brisbane Heat as the second international player for the inaugural 2011-12 KFC T20 Big Bash League.

He will join join fellow New Zealand star Brendon McCullum.

Vettori, one of the game’s leading spin bowlers, today confirmed he would play for the Heat.

“I played with the Bulls a few seasons back and had a good time so I’m looking forward to being more involved this time with Brisbane,’’ said Vettori.

“The travel back and forth was the toughest part of things last time and I’m keen to being a bit more settled with things this time and be around the group a bit more.

“I’m looking forward to working with Darren Lehmann after playing against him, when he was always a tough opponent being such a good player of spin, and also catching up with during the IPL. He has a bit of a laugh and seems nice and relaxed so it should be good fun.”

“There will be some quality players involved in the League so I’m hoping it will be an enjoyable and challenging experience.”

Heat coach Darren Lehmann is thrilled to add Vettori to the Brisbane playing ranks.

“He’s obviously a leader, which is what you want, and to call on that experience and skill will be vital for us,’’ Lehmann said.

“With Dan and Nathan Hauritz, we’ve got spinners that spin the ball away and into the batsmen, and that gives us the advantage of playing two quality slow bowlers.”

“Dan played here a couple of years ago and everyone spoke highly of him. He’s a good lad and will fit into our group really well.’’

“And the fans will love him here. He’ll bring people to the games and have an influence in a lot of matches for us.”

“As is the case with Brendon McCullum, we’ll work through Dan’s availability with his management and New Zealand Cricket and Northern Districts, but whatever he does, he brings absolute class to the table and we are delighted he is on board.”

Vettori captained the Royal Challengers Bangalore this year and previously played for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. He has taken 79 wickets in 70 career T20 games, at an average of 20.96 and an economy rate of 6.15.

In T20 Internationals, Vettori has taken 35 wickets in 28 games, at 16.57 with an economy rate of 5.36.

Brisbane Heat confirmed recruits

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

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