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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has signed with the Brisbane Heat for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Flintoff is the third foreign player Brisbane have signed after New Zealand all-rounder Daniel Vettori and West Indies spinner Samuel Badree.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play,” Flintoff said. “[The coach] Stuart Law and I have had a few conversations and I’m clear on what we’re looking to achieve in the competition. The Heat squad has some exciting talent and I’m looking forward to catching up with Dan Vettori again.”
Flintoff recently represented Lancashire in the Natwest T20 Blast against Warwickshire and, even though his side fell four agonising runs short of winning, he took one wicket and smashed 20 runs off just eight balls.
“I really enjoyed my T20 season with Lancs and having the opportunity to keep playing is something I am very pleased about,” Flintoff said. “It’s going to be great heading out to Brisbane and getting into the swing of things for the BBL in December. I’ve seen from afar how the BBL has evolved so quickly to become a world class competition and it’s a challenge that I am certainly up for.”
Speaking about Flintoff’s signing, Brisbane coach Stuart Law said: “”I’ve told Fred we signed him to win games of cricket, so that means we want him bowling 140km/hr, hitting sixes and using his experience around the group to get the job done. He’s an enormous competitor and so I know he is coming out for the right reasons.
“The Brisbane fans will quickly discover he’s a champion fella and I’m sure they will love having him with the team. He’s a wonderful person and we’re looking forward to having Fred and his family with us at the Heat over the summer.”