The Brisbane Heat has confirmed its final international signing for BBL|11, signing left-handed English batsman Ben Duckett to their KFC Big Bash League squad.
Duckett is a top order batsman who also can play behind the stumps as a wicket-keeper. The 26-year-old will be available for the entire season unless selected into any Ashes or English Lions tours.
Boasting a career strike-rate of 135.56, the Englishman should bring plenty of firepower to the Heat’s already potent batting line-up, especially alongside big-hitting openers Chris Lynn and fellow countryman Tom Banton.
BBL|11 will be Duckett’s first summer playing in the competition, after previously being a touring overseas player for the Hobart Hurricanes when they played a series of off-season development games in the Middle East in 2018. Duckett said he is thrilled to be a part of the Australian summer.
“I know friends and colleagues have told me what a great team environment it is and how passionate the fans are at the Gabba and on the Gold Coast, and I can’t wait to experience this all for myself,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to getting out to Brisbane and hopefully helping the team have a great season.”
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Brisbane Heat head coach Wade Seccombe said Duckett’s player profile was one the team was looking for.
“Ben fits the bill for the type of player we were looking to inject into the Heat squad this season and we’re excited to welcome him to Brisbane,” Seccombe said.
“He brings something a little different to what we have had in the squad, being a left-hander who also bats in the top order.”
Duckett is an experienced campaigner on the T20 circuit, having played 129 career matches, including for the Welsh Fire in the recently completed inaugural staging of The Hundred in the UK, and other stints in South Africa Mzansi Super League and Pakistan Super League.
Seccombe said Duckett’s experience will be invaluable to his side..
“He has played a lot of first class, List A cricket and T20 in England despite being a relatively young man and enjoyed a significant deal of success along the way,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to further tapping into that potential to give us an important addition to our line-up,”
With all three international spots filled, the Brisbane Heat still need to sign five more domestic players to complete their KFC Big Bash Squad for BBL|11.
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