BBL: Somerset captain Tom Abell joins the Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat have secured the services of Somerset captain Tom Abell for the 2021-22 BBL season.

The 27-yeat-old English batsman is the Heat’s third international signing, joining countryman Ben Duckett and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Abell fills the import space left by his county teammate Tom Banton, who last month opted against honouring his Heat contract.

Endorsing Abell’s credentials were former Bulls captain and current Middlesex coach Stuart Law and Heat assistant coach Darren Lehmann, who have both coached against him in recent years.

“I am really excited by the opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my bit for the team,” said Abell, who led Somerset to last month’s Vitality Blast T20 competition final.

Heat coach Wade Seccombe was adamant Abell would “fit really well” into the Brisbane club.

“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 said.

“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 against Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval.

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