KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat.
KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat. David Rowland

Heat secure world No.1 Badree for BBL

THE Brisbane Heat has secured its second international signing for the 2016-17 season with world No.1-ranked Twenty20 bowler Samuel Badree recommitting.

The West Indian leg-spinner was a member of the Heat’s squad in BBL05 and finished as the club’s leading wicket-taker with nine scalps for the season, including a match-winning haul of 5-22 against the Melbourne Stars.

He was also a key performer in the West Indies team that won the World Twenty20 in March and April, taking 2-16 in the competition’s final and nine wickets for the tournament with an economy rate of 5.39 runs per over.

Badree joins New Zealand star Brendon McCullum as the Heat’s second international signing for BBL 06, while South Australian batsman Alex Ross is the only new face to the squad to date.

Heat coach Daniel Vettori said the re-signing of Badree, combined with the incoming batting prowess of McCullum and Ross, had given him confidence of success ahead of his second season at the helm.

“The planning for this season commenced as soon as last season finished and we were lucky enough to secure Samuel Badree again. Sam was a proven performer for us last season, so to get him back in that role that he did so well in is great for the club,” he said.

“Alex Ross is also a huge signing. He’s a very talented batsman on the cusp of the Australian team, so he really complements what we have with the likes of Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting and Nathan Reardon.

“Brendon McCullum coming in is also going to make a huge difference, not only with his batting but with his leadership and the way he enjoys the game of cricket. I know the boys are really going to enjoy having him around.”

BBL 05 rookie Sam Heazlett, 20, who played three games for the Heat as an injury replacement, has also been signed to his first full contract after a standout season in first-class and T20 cricket that has seen him rewarded with an Australia A call-up to this winter’s series against India A and South Africa A.

The Heat will get its BBL 06 campaign under way at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday, December 21, against the Adelaide Strikers.

The club will once again host four home BBL fixtures at the Gabba with the first to be held on Friday, December 30, against the Hobart Hurricanes.

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