Heat beat deadline, sign WA speedster

Ryan Duffield to wear teal in BBL|04

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The Brisbane Heat have injected an extra dose of pace and aggression to their attack on the last day of the first round of the BBL contracting period, signing former Perth Scorchers and Alcohol Think Again Warriors left-armer Ryan Duffield.

Despite being part of the Scorchers’ BBL|03-winning squad, Duffield is yet to play a Big Bash League game and makes the move across the country with an eye to more regular T20 opportunities.

“I am very excited to be joining the Brisbane Heat,” Duffield said.

“The club has obviously had a lot of success in the Big Bash having won the competition in BBL|02, and I’m hoping I can play my part in winning games this season.

“I haven’t met many of my new teammates, but there’s some obvious talent in the squad with the likes of James Hopes, Dan Vettori and Dan Christian, so I’m looking forward to working with them and learning as much as possible.”

Boasting 66 wickets across 17 first-class matches for Western Australia, Duffield looms as a genuine wicket-taking option for the boys in teal. 

“We were really looking for an aggressive left-arm bowler to join our group as it was an obvious element we were missing,” Heat coach Stuart Law said.

“We wanted someone who could bowl fast, swing the new ball, be able to able to bowl back of a length, and also throw in a couple of bumpers, and Ryan certainly fits that mould.”

Friday July 11 marks the end of the first contracting period, with 10 players needing to be signed to each BBL club by this time.