'Dr Death' to opposition batsmen, Alister McDermott is one of the best exponents of the craft of bowling at the end of the innings.
When the bats are flailing at him, the young right-armer stays cool and calm.
He has a happy knack of taking wickets both at the start and the end of the innings, and is the alltime Heat leading wicket-taker after two seasons of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
Ali was still the team's second-leading wicket-taker in BBL|02 despite playing just six of the 10 games, stuck in a queue behind imports Kemar Roach and Thisara Perera during the early stages of the 2012-13 summer.
He was part of a supreme team bowling effort in the grand final win over Perth Scorchers, taking 2-20 from his four overs.
Macca was a late call-up on the eve of BBL|01 as an injury replacement for Ben Cutting, but made every post a winner.
He finished as the inaugural Heat MVP, a stirring achievement, and was one of the priority signings for coach Darren Lehmann after topping the wicket-taking list for the Heat.
Called up for Australia ‘A’ duties following both BBL seasons, he has been a key man in the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls attack in both one-day and first class cricket.
A keen user of social media, he showed his tweeting skills from mid-air during the off-season when a guest onboard the private jet belong to Linc Energy CEO Peter Bond for a flight across Australia using “clean” fuel produced by Heat major sponsors Linc Energy, and on a promotional trip to Chinchilla.
Follow Ali on twitter at @AMcDermott91
Growing in leaps and bounds – we are so excited to have him on board. A fine ‘death’ bowler and a pleasure to coach. Dependable and decent, Ali is ready to step up again in BBL03!