Brisbane Heat rope in pace bowler James Pattinson for this year’s Big Bash League

Pattinson is keen to perform well with the bat after being out of action for almost one year.

Brisbane Heat has signed Australia pace bowler James Pattinson on a two-year deal. The pace bowler has been out of action for a quite a while undergoing a surgery in New Zealand.

Pattinson is keen to regain full fitness and will start bowling in the coming months. The 27-year old has been plagued with injuries that have kept him away from playing consistently for Australia at the highest level. He was ruled out of Ashes series played in Australia. He suffered serious back stress fractures in his short-cricketing career. The bowler will be keen to turn things around by playing a lot of competitive cricket for his franchise.

Brisbane Heat Head Coach Daniel Vettori feels that Pattinson will prove to be a valuable asset to the side for the coming two seasons. The signing of Pattinson will definitely boost bowling resources for Brisbane Heat in the coming seasons. Vettori said that Pattinson workload needs to be managed carefully in order to play as many games as possible for the franchise and deliver his best with the ball.

James Pattinson will definitely bring value to the side for the coming season and led the bowling attack consisting relatively inexperienced players. He has played 28 T20 games and picked up 34 wickets at an average of 24.6. The pace bowler stated that he is looking forward to work with Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum for the coming season. He said it was a privilege to play for Melbourne Renegades in the previous edition and appreciated for all their support given during that time.

Pattinson stated that he has in good physical condition after his surgery and will look forward to being able to play competitive cricket in the coming months. Heat has announced contract players list that includes Sam Heazlett, James Pattinson, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Marnus Labuschagne, Max Bryant, Brendan Doggett, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Pierson, and Chris Lynn. Brendon McCullum and Shadab Khan are two overseas players retained by Brisbane Heat for coming edition of Big Bash League.

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