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Brisbane Heat name squad for Hobart Hurricanes

The Brisbane Heat have named squad for tomorrow night’s opening T20 Big Bash League clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba.

Heat have included Shane Watson, Luke Pomersbach, Ben Cutting, Joe Burns, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg and Thisara Perera in his 13-man squad.

Perera, who arrived yesterday from Sri Lanka, trained this morning with the Heat for the first time while 22-year-old Toombul club cricketer Sabburg is poised to complete a rags-to-riches tale if he plays tomorrow night after being the 18th player contracted less than a week ago.

Cutting, who was ruled out on the eve of the tournament last year, and youngsters Gannon and Burns, who were squad members without playing in BBL|01, join former Australian T20 International rep Pomersbach as the other potential first gamers.

Watson will play his first game for the Heat since switching from the champion Sydney Sixers during the off-season.

Squad: Alister McDermott, Nathan Hauritz, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Luke Pomersbach, Joe Burns, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Shane Watson, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg, Thisara Perera

Mitchell Johnson Joins Brisbane Heat For Big Bash League (BBL) 2

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has signed with Brisbane Heat for the KFC T20 Big Bash League season.

Johnson, who will play for the Warriors in a Bupa Sheffield Shield against the Victorian Bushrangers at the MCG starting on Thursday, has agreed to a one-year deal with Heat.

The left-arm fast bowler turned out at the Champions League in South Africa this month with the Mumbai Indians, which he plays for in the Indian Premier League.

The 30-year-old has played 28 T20 Internationals, taking 36 wickets at an average of 20.11 including an economy rate of 7.14, and 34 career T20 games, with 38 wickets at 22.10 and an economy rate of 7.15.

Brisbane coach Darren Lehmann said today he was delighted to welcome Johnson to the Heat ranks.

“Midge has a lot of mates in the team from his days in Brisbane and also with the Australian team so he will slot in beautifully into the group,’’ he said.

“We’re all very pleased for he and Jess to be starting their family soon, so we’ll look forward to him enjoying his cricket with us once he’s ready,’’ Lehmann said.

“Mitch is a wonderful athlete and a gifted cricketer and I’m very excited to be working with him. He’s got plenty to offer Australian cricket and I’m glad we’re going to be a part of that during the Big Bash League this summer,’’ he said.

Johnson said he remained strongly committed to playing for Australia in all formats of the game and after seeing the success of the BBL in its inaugural season, was keen to be a part of BBL 2.

“I’m enjoying my cricket with the Warriors and signing with the Heat means I can have a chance to keep playing through December and January, which is the time of year you want to be in action and performing,’’ he said.

“I enjoyed the challenge with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and at the Champions League and I was happy with how I went for Australia in the ODI series in Dubai during the winter. I’m really looking forward to playing at the Gabba once more and catching up with the boys again.”

“There was a lot of good cricket played last season in the BBL and I think everyone who saw the Sixers win the Champions League this week would agree that that standard of the competition is excellent,” Johnson said.

His signing today makes him the 16th player to join the Heat for BBL|02, which takes place in December and January.

All teams must sign 18 players by November 30, prior to the start of the competition.

One of the two remaining spots will be filled from this year’s KFC T20 Challenge, a four-team competition played across October and November featuring Queensland Bulls, Grade and Country players.

The Heat have signed Dan Vettori, Alister McDermott, Nathan Hauritz, Dan Christian, Ryan Harris, Ben Cutting, Luke Pomersbach, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, James Hopes, Chris Hartley, Shane Watson, Kemar Roach, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon and Mitchell Johnson as their recruits for BBL 2.

Nathan Hauritz signs two year deal with Brisbane Heat

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.

Alister McDermott signs with Brisbane Heat

Paceman Alister McDermott is the second confirmed signing for the Brisbane Heat for Big Bash League 2012-2013.

The 21-year-old Australia ‘A’ quick has agreed to a two-year deal with Brisbane.

McDermott joins Daniel Vettori as the first two signings announced by the Heat during the BBL signing window.

He was the leading wicket-taker for the Heat last season with nine wickets, playing in all seven games.

The right-arm paceman will tour with Australia ‘A’ to England after replacing the injured Patrick Cummins in the squad.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said McDermott displayed maturity beyond his years last summer, especially in the BBL where he found himself usually filling the crucial role of bowling at the end of an innings.

“Ali really stepped up and took on that ‘death bowlers’ role to great effect,” he said.

“He’s an absolute pleasure to coach and is the sort of young bloke that you want to have in your teams because he just delivers 100 percent whenever and whatever you ask of him.”

McDermott said he was excited about the next instalment of the BBL.

“It was a lot of fun last season, especially playing in front of some of the big crowds at the Gabba, and I’m sure it will be even more fun this time,’’ McDermott said.

McDermott admitted he was surprised at how quickly he had progressed in the past 12 months.

“A little bit yes, I knew if I worked hard and kept myself ready for any opportunity then hopefully I would be able to contribute to the team in whatever situation I found myself in. But probably didn’t expect to have the sort of year that I did. ”

The Heat will announce further signings during the recruiting window which will continue until Friday 20 July.

Daniel Vettori signs three-year deal with Brisbane Heat

New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has signed a three-year deal with the Brisbane Heat for the 2012-13 Big Bash League.

Vettori, who played three matches with the Heat in the inaugural BBL last summer, said he was pleased to commit to a longer-term arrangement with Brisbane.

“I had a really good time last season. They were a great bunch of blokes led by a top coach in Darren Lehmann and his support staff, which made for a very enjoyable environment to play cricket in,’’ he said.

“It was a pretty easy decision to make to come back. It’s another chance to play in front of the fans at the Gabba which is a great ground.”

“Everyone remembers us playing really well at the back end of the competition and winning four games in row.

“If you look at the squad we had, there was an expectation we would do well, so if the bulk of the squad remains, with a few additions, then we can aim to go one step further and make the semi-finals. And as we saw, once you make the semis, then anything can happen.”

“It’s nice to have the security with the three-year deal. Knowing you can commit to the team and the fans for the next few seasons, it means you know where you are going to be and can plan around that. I’m looking forward to it.”

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said he was delighted to secure a player of Vettori’s stature as the team’s first signing of BBL02.

“Dan showed last season his value for us. He’s a great leader on and off the field where he is always a highly motivated team member. As a coach, he’s the ultimate professional,’’ Lehmann said.

“I think he’s a wonderful fit for the Heat and would expect that he will perform an important role for us for the next few seasons.”

Vettori, 33, is only the second New Zealander to play more than 100 Tests as well as taking more than 300 Test wickets and scoring in excess of 3000 runs.

He has taken 100 wickets in 95 career T20 games at an average of 22.46 and an economy rate of 6.30.

In T20 Internationals, his record is 35 wickets in 28 games at 16.57 with an economy rate of 5.36, including a best bowling effort of 4 for 20 against India in 2007.

Each BBL team has to sign a minimum of 14 players in the signing window, with a maximum of 18 players allowed. Final squads will be completed by 30 November.

Chris Swan Announces Retirement

Queensland swing bowler Chris Swan has today confirmed he has retired from representative cricket and will finish out his career where it started, with Surfers Paradise in the local Gold Coast competition.

Swam played 31 first class and 23 one-day games for the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls, taking 101 wickets at 25.92 in the long form of the game and 31 wickets at 27.38 in the limited overs format.

He also played one KFC T20 Big Bash League game for the Brisbane Heat after being a member of their inaugural squad last season.

A late bloomer, Swan made his debut for Queensland as a 28-year-old in 2006-07 and established himself as a crafty new ball bowler and damaging lower order batsman.

He scored three Sheffield Shield half centuries, with a highest score of 82, and shared in a record match-winning partnership of 57 with fellow quick Luke Feldman against Victoria in February 2010.

It was the greatest run chase to secure victory by a 10th wicket pairing in the 120-year history of Australian first class cricket.

Swan etched his name into the Queensland Cricket record books by taking the third best match bowling figures for Queensland in history in 2010-11.

He took 6-69 and 7-75 against South Australia at Allan Border Field in November 2010, his 13-144 putting him behind only Peter Allan’s 13-110 (in 1968-69) and Ross Duncan’s 13-125 (in 1970-71).

In the limited overs arena, he took 4-34 on debut to claim man of the match honours and was a member of the 2008-09 Ford Ranger Cup championship team.

Bulls coach Darren Lehmann paid tribute to Swan, describing him as part of the maroon fabric that tied the squad together.

“I enjoyed working with Swanny for a few reasons. He was a great example of someone who never gave up on his own ability to achieve the goals he wanted to reach,’’ he said.

“He was also a quintessential Queenslander – he was great within the group and reminded everyone that playing for your State was something that was to be cherished and celebrated,’’ Lehmann said.

“We’ll miss him from the group, that’s for sure. We all wish him the best for the future and I’m sure we’ll look forward to seeing him around the Gabba down the track,’’ he said.

Swan said it had been a privilege to have played for the Bulls, which he described as simply being in the right place at the right time.

“I never really thought I was in the mix. It took some injuries to some top notch players at the time for me to come into contention and looking back, I was happy just to be given a chance,’’ he said.

“Opening the bowling with a legend like Andy Bichel in my debut is still one of my career highlights and that includes winning the one-day final and taking the 13 wickets in a game, although taking a six for and a seven for in one match was pretty special.”

“I thought taking five wickets for Queensland was about as good as it gets,’’ Swan said.

Swan said he had pursued a simple approach to the game in his representative career.

“I was never a gym junkie or leading the field when it came to fitness sessions. I just wanted to play the game and have fun with my mates.

“I was lucky that I had someone like Joe Dawes as my bowling coach for a lot of it. We were both late starters in our playing careers and Joey identified that for me, it was all about my skill level with the ball and getting it spot on, rather than the bigger, faster, stronger approach.”

Swan started his cricket as a junior with the Surfers Paradise club, playing third grade at the age of 12 and first grade seniors at 13, and will enjoy his playing swan song with the club this summer.

“As long as the body holds up, I plan to have a few games with them this year and hopefully give a bit back to the club and help the young kids coming through to learn the game and understand what makes it special.”

He said he was confident the Bulls would continue to build on last year’s Bupa Sheffield Shield victory.

“They’ve got a great coach in Boof (Lehmann) and some exceptional talent coming through, particularly in the bowlers. I know some of them will be going all the way to top in the years to come and I’ll be cheering them on from the outer at the Gabba when they do!”

Swan, who worked as a pest controller throughout his playing career, said he would appreciate the extra time retirement would afford him to build his business.

“Yep, I’ll just have to concentrate on knocking over termites rather than batsmen from now, hey!’’ he said.

Sydney Thunder opts to field first against Brisbane Heat

Sydney Thunder won the toss and elected to field against the Brisbane Heat in their must-win Big Bash League match at the Gabba.

Brisbane Heat have included veteran swing bowler Chris Swan for his domestic Twenty20 debut, replacing van der Merwe.

Heat will go into tonight’s clash with New Zealand internationals Dan Vettori and Brendon McCullum in their same line-up for the first time in the series.

Sydney Thunder have fast bowlers Nic Bills and Matthew Day making their debut. Tim Cruickshank comes in for Luke Butterworth.

Brisbane Heat: Matthew Hayden, Brendon McCullum (wk), Andrew Robinson, Daniel Christian, Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lynn, Daniel Vettori, Michael Neser, Nathan Hauritz, Chris Swan, Alister McDermott, Joe Burns (12th).

Sydney Thunder: Chris Gayle, Usman Khawaja, Tim Cruickshank, Ben Dunk (wk), Daniel Smith (c), Tim Armstrong, Sean Abbott, Matthew Day, Scott Coyte, Luke Doran, Nic Bills, Jason Floros (12th).

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Scorecard

Scorecard of the KFC T20 Big Bash League clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Scorecard

Brisbane Heat 195/4 (20/20 ov), Sydney Thunder 104/6 (20.0/20 ov)

Result Brisbane Heat won by 91 runs

Man of the match Daniel Christian

Brisbane Heat innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
BB McCullum† c Abbott b Bills 6 7 1 0 85.71
ML Hayden c Doran b Coyte 6 6 1 0 100.00
AW Robinson c Abbott b Bills 25 16 3 2 156.25
DT Christian not out 75 47 5 4 159.57
PJ Forrest* c Day b Doran 33 27 1 1 122.22
CA Lynn not out 37 17 0 4 217.64
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 7) 13
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 195 (9.75 runs per over)
Did not bat DL Vettori, MG Neser, NM Hauritz, CR Swan, AC McDermott
Fall of wickets 1-9 (McCullum, 1.4 ov), 2-14 (Hayden, 2.6 ov), 3-44 (Robinson, 5.5 ov), 4-124 (Forrest, 15.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
SJ Coyte 4 0 23 1 5.75 (2w)
ND Bills 4 0 44 2 11.00
SA Abbott 4 0 48 0 12.00
MR Day 2 0 25 0 12.50 (2w)
LA Doran 3 0 18 1 6.00 (1w)
CH Gayle 3 0 31 0 10.33 (2w)

Sydney Thunder innings (target: 196 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
UT Khawaja c †McCullum b Neser 37 36 6 0 102.77
CH Gayle c †McCullum b McDermott 0 1 0 0 0.00
TD Cruickshank c †McCullum b McDermott 0 4 0 0 0.00
BR Dunk† c Hayden b Swan 6 19 0 0 31.57
DLR Smith* c Neser b Christian 2 4 0 0 50.00
TJ Armstrong b Vettori 4 14 0 0 28.57
SA Abbott not out 22 22 1 1 100.00
MR Day not out 29 20 1 1 145.00
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 104 (5.20 runs per over)
Did not bat SJ Coyte, LA Doran, ND Bills
Fall of wickets 1-4 (Gayle, 1.1 ov), 2-4 (Cruickshank, 1.5 ov), 3-24 (Dunk, 6.5 ov), 4-27 (Smith, 7.6 ov), 5-34 (Armstrong, 11.1 ov), 6-54 (Khawaja, 14.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
CR Swan 4 0 16 1 4.00
AC McDermott 4 1 25 2 6.25 (2w)
DT Christian 4 0 17 1 4.25 (1w)
MG Neser 4 0 22 1 5.50
DL Vettori 4 0 23 1 5.75

Toss Sydney Thunder won the toss and elected to field

Brisbane Heat: Matthew Hayden, Brendon McCullum (wk), Andrew Robinson, Daniel Christian, Peter Forrest (c), Chris Lynn, Daniel Vettori, Michael Neser, Nathan Hauritz, Chris Swan, Alister McDermott, Joe Burns (12th).

Sydney Thunder: Chris Gayle, Usman Khawaja, Tim Cruickshank, Ben Dunk (wk), Daniel Smith (c), Tim Armstrong, Sean Abbott, Matthew Day, Scott Coyte, Luke Doran, Nic Bills, Jason Floros (12th).

Umpires: Fry, SD (AUS), Ward, JD (AUS)

Third Umpire: Joshua, GC (AUS)

Match Refree: Burns, DJ (AUS)