Australian fast bowler James Pattinson will line up for the Brisbane Heat later this year after signing a new deal with the Big Bash League outfit.
The BBL side announced on Wednesday the Victorian paceman had signed a two-year deal following his stints with the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
Pattinson missed most of this season after struggling with a back injury but has since undergone surgery and will hit the pitch again during the winter.
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Heat coach Dan Vettori said the club was delighted to attract a player of such calibre to the team.
“We identified some areas where we needed to improve on from last season, and James will help us deliver on some of that,’’ he said.
“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 and other bowlers have managed their career in similar circumstances will help us provide the right environment for him to deliver his best. As a senior player, James will also have the chance to do likewise and mentor some of our up and coming bowlers,’’ he said.
“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.”
Pattinson said he was enthusiastic about taking on a new challenge with the Heat.
“I’m looking forward to working with Dan and playing alongside Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn and the rest of the boys,’’ he said.
“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 too. 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. The facilities at Allan Border Field are second to none so that will also be very helpful as I build towards the coming season,” he said.
The Heat have announced the following contracted players for BBL|08:
Brendon McCullum (int), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan (int), Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson