Former English all rounder Andrew Flintoff has signed on with the Brisbane Heat as the countdown to Big Bash League four continues.
The 36-year-old will only take part during the back half of BBL04 and will be playing under the guidance of coach Stuart Law who was his teammate while playing for Lancashire. Though he did not play much of the T20, he is well known in the cricket world for his destructive batting and aggressive bowling and also for his ability to motivate the team. He was the hero of the 2005 Ashes where England won the series against Australia 2-1.
Flintoff told Cricket Australia that he is looking forward to playing in the BBL especially with Brisbane Heat.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play,” he said.
“I’ve seen from a far how the BBL has evolved so quickly to become a world class competition and it’s a challenge that I’m certainly up for.”
Freddie is the third international player in the Brisbane squad alongside Kiwi Daniel Vettori and West Indian Samuel Badree.
Coach Stuart Law told Cricket Australia that he and Flintoff have been clear to each other about the expectation.
“I’ve told Fred we signed him to win games of cricket, so that means we want him bowling 140kph, hitting sixes and using his experience around the group to get his job done,” he said.
“He’s an enormous competitor and so I know he is coming out for the right reasons.” – Md Zahin
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