Brisbane Heat on Friday confirmed of signing the former South African pacer Morne Morkel ahead of 10th edition of Big Bash League. This development takes place days after Morkel ended association with the county team, Surrey, after three years.
Another BBL team Sydney Thunder also confirmed the new signing of England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings. He will join the side after the white-ball series against South Africa between November 27-December 6.
Morkel will play in Australia for the first time after attaining the permanent residency of the country last year. he had played for the Brisbane Heat for just one match in the last edition’s Big Bash League.
“I am still enjoying my cricket enormously and the chance to be part of the Heat squad is something I am keen to experience,” Morkel said.
“I admit it will be a bit unusual to call myself a local, but we are enjoying living and working here and this is another aspect of our lives that I am looking forward to being a part of,” he added.
After announcing retirement from international cricket, Morkel has so far featured in IPL, cricket and Big Bash League.
Heat ‘s head coach Darren Lehmann said he is excited to be working along with Morkel, given that how his international experience would benefit the squad.
“I saw a line from Dan Christian the other day that ‘old blokes win stuff’ and while I am in no way putting Morne in the ‘old’ category like ‘Christo’ certainly is, we believe his experience with bowling in different conditions is invaluable and will be beneficial to the squad,” Lehmann said.