The Perth Scorchers have re-signed Marcus North, Simon Katich and Mike Hussey as they strive to go one better in the 2012-13 T20 Big Bash League competition.
North returns as Captain of the Scorchers, and he will be joined again this summer by long-time friends and team mates Katich and Hussey.
North and Katich were key members of the team which qualified for the inaugural Big Bash League, which enabled the Scorchers to claim a place in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa.
In the inaugural BBL, North scored 273 runs at an average of 39, which included two half centuries, and his strike was 120.26 runs per 100 balls.
Katich batted only six times during the inaugural Big Bash League but he enjoyed a strike rate of 128.78.
Commitments with the Australian Test team restricted Hussey to just one outing with the Scorchers in inaugural Big Bash League.
Head Coach Lachlan Stevens says he is pleased to have three proud Scorchers lining up with the team again this summer.
“It is great to have the skipper back on board. Marcus is one of the most tactically astute players in the game today, and to have him involved in the planning and strategic direction of the team was very important to us,” Stevens said.
“Last year Marcus showed how valuable he was at the top of the order, holding us together in a few difficult periods and lighting up The Furnace on a couple of occasions. He demonstrated that even senior players can add some new tricks to their repertoire.
“I’m delighted that the only time we will see Simon Katich at top level cricket this summer it will be under the Perth Scorchers banner. The strength of character and tactical awareness that he provides helped to make us such a competitive side last year. He adds massive value on and off the field and we can’t wait to see him back.
“Mike Hussey represents everything that is positive about Western Australian cricket, so to have him as part of the Scorchers line-up was a big priority for us, and we are very pleased that he chose to remain in the orange this season.
“We may not see Mike day in, day out, but merely having him as part of our squad is a huge benefit to every member of the team, from the senior players to our core of younger guys. Like Simon, the example he sets both on and off the field can’t be underestimated.”
North, Katich and Hussey join Brad Hogg in the Scorchers’ squad for the second edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, which commences in December.