James Pattinson to play for Brisbane Heat for next two BBL seasons

James Pattinson signed a two-year contract with Brisbane Heat.

James Pattinson has played only 28 T20Is for Australia so far | Getty Images

Brisbane Heat have signed up the Australian fast bowler -James Pattinson for the next two seasons of the Big Bash League (BBL). The franchise confirmed the signing of Pattinson on Wednesday (March 21).

The 27-year-old pacer has been sidelined since last year with the serious back injury for which he recently underwent a surgery in New Zealand. However, the Victorian bowler has now come close to regaining full fitness and will be ready to play later this year.

As per Cricbuzz, Brisbane Heat head coach Daniel Vettori said of Pattinson, “We identified some areas where we needed to improve on from last season, and James will help us deliver on some of that. James at his best is a handful for any batting side and we believe he will add another dimension to our club. Knowing how Shane (Bond) and other bowlers have managed their career in similar circumstances will help us provide the right environment for him to deliver his best.”

He further said, “As a senior player, James will also have the chance to do likewise and mentor some of our up-and-coming bowlers. I'm sure the Heat fans will make him very welcome when he arrives and we're looking forward to some more exciting matches with James in our squad.”

Meanwhile, Pattinson said that he is looking forward to working with the New Zealand great Vettori and playing alongside Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn and the rest of the boys.

He signed off by saying, “I'm grateful for the opportunities I have had with the Renegades, and before them the Stars, and I thank them for the great support they have provided me over the seasons. But joining the Heat represents a fresh start and one I am really looking forward to. The Heat get fantastic support at their home games and that will be a buzz to be a part of again. I'm feeling very good physically after the surgery and I'm looking forward to getting back into some bowling during the winter.”

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 21 Mar, 2018

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