Right-arm off-spinner Nathan Hauritz has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Brisbane Heat for the T20 Big Bash League.
Hauritz joins Alister McDermott and fellow finger spinner Daniel Vettori as the confirmed signings of the Heat for second season of the BBL.
After playing in the inaugural BBL season with Brisbane, Hauritz, 30, recently returned to Queensland on a permanent basis, signing with the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls last month.
Hauritz believes Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls coach Darren Lehmann is the man who can inspire him to play for Australia again in all formats of the game.
“I made the call to come back here largely because I enjoyed working so much with Boof last season with the Heat,’’ Hauritz said.
“My goal is to play for Australia again – whatever the format – and he (Lehmann) gives me the chance to work towards that. First things first, I’ve got to play well at club cricket and then see where that takes me.”
“But the Heat is a big part of that. I don’t think I bowled as well at the Gabba in the BBL as I could – it can be a very good ground for spinners with the bounce and the bigger boundaries which can really work for you in T20.”
Hauritz, who had a best of 3-18 for the Heat last summer, said the chance to work with Vettori again was ideal.
“He’s one of the world’s best T20 bowlers and I got plenty out of bowling alongside him last time. Spin can be a very effective weapon in T20 and Dan is real trump for us,’’ he said.
Lehmann admitted he pursued Hauritz because of how well he had fitted in with Brisbane last season.
“It helps he was mates with a lot of blokes before he came to us from his days coming through the Queensland system, but he contributed a lot off the field to our planning and general team environment,’’ he said.
“He was coming off a pretty serious shoulder operation and probably was still a bit underdone, but that has certainly come good and we should see the very best of what he can do when the BBL comes around.’’
“I love having the left and right spin options, it gives you plenty of flexibility in putting together your bowling plans and having guys like Horry and Dan to call on is a big plus,’’ Lehmann said.