Ryan Broad joins Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat have announced opening batsman Ryan Broad as the latest addition to their playing roster for the inaugural T20 season in the KFC Big Bash League this summer.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said the 29-year-old right-hander had been signed on his potential, despite not playing T20 for Queensland before.

“We’ve gone on what we think he can do,’’ he said.

“He can hit the ball to all parts, he’s just got to have the confidence to do it and we’ll give him that.

“It might seem a bit left-field but he fits a role for us. We’re really impressed with him.”

Broad has made his name as a Sheffield Shield performer, scoring 2886 runs at an average of 32.79 in 51 first-class matches.

He has produced knocks of 92 from 54 balls and 50 from 21 balls for a Queensland XI in a series of off-season matches against a Kolkata Knight Riders T20 development squad in 2008.

Broad was also player of the match in the Brisbane First GradeT20 Final in 2009, when he smashed 135 off just 51 balls for Wynnum-Manly.

Broad joins the likes of Australian representatives Ryan Harris, Nathan Hauritz and James Hopes on the Heat roster.

Further signings, including a second international player, will be announced this week.

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