Gold Coast spinner Matt Kuhnemann has been signed by the Brisbane Heat for the this summer’s Big Bash League.
Kuhnemann was unveiled as the Heat’s final signing at Metricon Stadium which will play host to three Big Bash games and an international T20 between Australia and South Africa.
The 22-year-old was intending on being a spectator at Metricon but is now more than happy to be playing instead.
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“It’s a massive thrill to sign with the Heat,” he said.
“I had been planning to buy tickets to be at the two Heat games on the Gold Coast but now maybe I can start to dream about playing in them instead.”
“Playing all my cricket with the Gold Coast Dolphins, I know that having top level cricket here will be a game changer for the local fans here as well as in Brisbane.”
Heat Coach Dan Vettori says apart from Kuhnemann’s impressive effort for the Bulls during the One Day Cup, it was his calmness under pressure that helped convince him that the spinner should be part of the squad.
“The game that probably summed it up for me was the one which everyone remembers at Hurstville Oval when D’Arcy Short produced that remarkable innings of 257 against the Bulls,” Vettori said.
“While everyone was justifiably excited by the innings, the thing that probably got a bit overlooked was that Matt held his own to take 3-50 from eight overs and dismiss D’Arcy in the process. When you consider that was just his second game for Queensland, it indicated that he has a pretty good temperament for the game.”
Metricon Stadium will host its first game of International cricket this Saturday night when Australia takes on South Africa in a T20 International.
The Brisbane Heat will play two games at Metricon on December 22 and January 1 with the Melbourne Stars also playing a match.