Brisbane Heat on Sunday confirmed signing the England batsman Joe Denly for the ongoing season of the Big Bash League. Denly missed out on making to the 23-man squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka later this month.
Hence, he has signed with the Heat as the replacement of his countryman Tom Banton for the rest of the tournament. Earlier, Banton had pulled out of the tournament after complaining of fatigued life under the bio-secure bubble.
He was joined by the all-rounder Tom Curran and wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow just a few days after pulling out of this season’s contract.
Denly, 34, has previously played for the Sydney Sixers in the past and played a total of 11 matches through 2017-18 and 2018-19 editions.
He had last played for England during their home series against Australia in September. Before that, he also played for England during the Test series against West Indies in July.
Moreover, he has played a total of 213 T20 matches across the globe, simply implying his vast experience in the shortest format. Heat coach Darren Lehmann welcomed Denly saying his capabilities with both bat and ball would come handy to the side.
“Joe has a reputation of having a cool head in pressure situations and I can see him helping to control our innings, whether chasing or setting a target,” Lehmann said. “We have said all along that this year’s BBL is going to be a squad game and we need to be adaptable and confident in our plans.
“As well as his obvious batting skills, Joe can be a good sounding board for our younger players and of course, give his insights around the group. We’re pretty excited to welcome such a classy and well-credentialled player to the club,” he concluded.
Last month, Heat had signed Dan Lawrence for the 10th edition of the BBL. Denly will join him along side the all rounder Lewis Gregory.