Tom signs for Brisbane Heat

Somerset County Cricket Club can today confirm that Club Captain, Tom Abell will play for Brisbane Heat in this winter’s KFC Big Bash League.

The 27-year-old will be following in the footsteps of Somerset teammates Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory in representing the Heat in the BBL, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I can’t wait to get out to Australia and join up with the Heat franchise,” he said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the BBL and there has been a long-standing connection with the Heat and Somerset with the likes of Lewis, Tom and Craig Kieswetter over the years.

“I am really excited by the opportunity, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and doing my bit for the team. I’m keen to keep developing my T20 game with the Heat and returning to Somerset for another exciting campaign in 2022.”

Tom, who was presented with the white-ball player of the year trophy at the Club’s recent end of season awards, has featured in 53 T20 matches, scoring 1277 runs at a strike rate of 144.94.

Heat Coach, Wade Seccombe said: “The more we looked at Tom, and the more people we caught up with, the more confident we became that he would fit really well into the Heat.’

“Tom has worked hard to improve his T20 game and has certainly blossomed in the past few seasons.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “This is a great opportunity for Tom to further develop his game alongside some of the best players and coaches in the world. He has really grown his T20 game in the last few years as well as being an elite performer across all formats.”

“We look forward to seeing Tom perform well in one of the biggest competitions in the world and bringing his learnings back to the Cooper Associates County Ground in readiness for the new season.”

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