Brisbane Heat has again shown how strong their recruitment has been this season with another local talent Spencer Johnson making a promising debut against the Perth Scorchers.
Earlier this season, Brisbane had also debuted Josh Brown, who broke out with a fifty inside the power play in a win against the Sydney Sixers.
The 27-year-old South Australian Johnson had previously struggled with an ankle stress fracture and only played three one-dayers for the Redbacks in 2017.
Against the Scorchers on Tuesday night, the left-arm fast bowler’s performance consisted of bowling 0-22 in 3.2 overs and impressed former Australian quick Brett Lee with his performance, displaying his pace and unplayable bounce.
Johnson’s journey to the BBL was unique and emphasised the importance of the system of people in South Australia that helped him get back on the cricket pitch.
“Back home in South Australia, I’ve had very good support down there from the coaches and support staff,” reflected debutant Spencer Johnson.
The Brisbane Heat travel to Adelaide to play the Strikers, who are a top 4 side currently in this competition and where Spencer grew up.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’s [Adelaide] a great state and a great stadium to play in.”
With his injury history, Johnson is hoping to enjoy the moment of debuting and getting ready for the next match.
“I’m stoked to be here,” he said enthusiastically.
“I’m taking one game at a time, to get an opportunity [with the Heat] is amazing,” said Spencer Johnson optimistically.
“It’s not just cool for me, it’s also cool for my whole family, who have been there every step of the way.”
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Between his return to his beloved sport of cricket, Johnson balanced the return process with working a job.
“I did work for Trent Kelly, he’s the leading groundskeeper in Adelaide. He looked after me, took me under his wing, [he] played at West Torrens with me, he’s one of the reasons I am here now.
I’m very grateful for him,” recalled Johnson.
Johnson discussed the results against the Scorchers and what the Heat will continue to do, as they are currently at the bottom of the table this season.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted, and the season isn’t going the way we wanted it to, but we can take a few good things out of this year and look to finish the year strong.”
The Perth Scorchers play the Sydney Thunder on Friday night, meanwhile, the Brisbane Heat face the Adelaide Strikers on Saturday night.
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