Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Brisbane Heat rope in Abell as Banton's replacement. Abell has previously played a season of Premier Cricket in Perth, in 2015.
Abell has previously played a season of Premier Cricket in Perth, in 2015.
Brisbane Heat have signed Somerset batsman Tom Abell for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. The move comes after England wicketkeeper-bat Tom Banton refused to be a part of the tournament this season citing bio-security concerns.
The Somerset captain, who has played 53 T20s and scored at a strike rate of 144.94, has previously participated in T20 leagues in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Even as he has never been a part of the BBL, he has previously played a season of Premier Cricket in Perth in 2015.
“I cannot wait to get out to Australia and join up with the Heat club,” said Abell. “I have always been a huge fan of the BBL and there has been a long-standing connection with the Heat and Somerset with the likes of Lewis Gregory, Tom Banton, Craig Kieswetter and Roelof van der Merwe over the years.
“I am really excited by the opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my bit for the team.”
Abell will be the fifth first-timer Englishman to be a part of this season's BBL following the signings of Saqid Mahmood (Thunder), Harry Brook (Hobart Hurricanes), George Garton (Adelaide Strikers) and Duckett (Heat). Alex Hales and Sam Billings (both Sydney Thunder), James Vince and Tom Curran (both Sydney Sixers) are also set to return.
Speaking on the signing of the 27-year-old, Heat coach Wade Seccombe said, “The more we looked at Tom, and the more people we caught up with, the more confident we became that he would fit really well into the Heat.
“Darren (Lehmann) came back from his stint as coach of the Northern Superchargers in The Hundred and he had only good things to report, and Stuey Law also recommended him highly as a resilient, talented and hungry player who is also an excellent team man and leader.
“Tom has worked hard to improve his T20 game and has certainly blossomed in the past few seasons. He played hockey at a high level as a youngster and is a bit unorthodox at the crease so he will certainly fill a role for us.”