Brisbane Heat have added Somerset skipper Tom Abell to their squad for the upcoming BBL season.
Brisbane Heat have secured the providers of Somerset captain Tom Abell for the 2021-22 BBL season.
The 27-yeat-old English batsman is the Heat’s third worldwide signing, becoming a member of countryman Ben Duckett and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Abell fills the import house left by his county teammate Tom Banton, who final month opted towards honouring his Heat contract.
Endorsing Abell’s credentials had been former Bulls captain and present Middlesex coach Stuart Law and Heat assistant coach Darren Lehmann, who have each coached towards him lately.
“I am really excited by the opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my bit for the team,” stated Abell, who led Somerset to final month’s Vitality Blast T20 competitors remaining.
Heat coach Wade Seccombe was adamant Abell would “fit really well” into the Brisbane membership.
“Darren came back from his stint as coach of the Northern Superchargers in The Hundred and he had only good things to report and Stuey Law also recommended him highly as a resilient, talented and hungry player who is also an excellent team man and leader,” Seccombe stated.
“Tom has worked hard to improve his T20 game and has certainly blossomed in the past few seasons.
“He played hockey at a high level as a youngster and is a bit unorthodox at the crease so he will certainly fill a role for us.”
The Heat open their season on December 6 towards Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval.