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The Perth Scorchers, who are the Big Bash League (BBL) defending champions, have re-signed veteran Australia spinner Brad Hogg and Pakistan pace bowler Yasir Arafat for the 2014-15 season.
Hogg, 43, played 10 games for the Scorchers last season and took nine wickets at a brilliant average of 24.77. However, Arafat was even more impressive as he took 12 wickets in only six matches at a jaw-dropping average of 14.75.
Hogg recently represented the Antigua Hawksbills in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and, despite his team finishing last on the points table, he still managed to take four wickets in the eight games he played.
“The body is feeling great and the mind is just the same as ever; it’s feeling like an 18-year-old’s,” Hogg said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back out in the middle and playing. I know my career is coming to an end; it’s going to come to an end quicker than it will extend, we all know that. I just want to enjoy every moment and I’m just excited.”
Scorchers head coach Justin Langer was pleased to have both players back in the squad after their excellent performance last season.
“I’ve said from day one that, the way I’m watching the game, is that, in Twenty20 cricket, that experience is so important,” Langer said. “To be able to handle the pressure, whether you’re batting, bowling, fielding, usually it’s the more experienced heads that do that. To have Brad Hogg and Yasir adding that experience to our group adds great layers to our squad.”