The most devastating bowler in the country when fit, Ryano was forced to miss BBL|02 through a nagging shoulder injury.
He still played an active role in the team's success, however, spending plenty of time around the squad in an assistant coach role.
Ryano also coached a side in the KFC T20 Challenge prior to the BBL starting.
His great prowess with the ball was on display immediately upon returning to the playing field in February 2013, winning the man of the match award in Queensland's stunning Ryobi Cup final one-day win over Victoria. Ryano snared 4-26, including two wickets in two balls in the final over to orchestrate a three-run win.
He also shook-up Tasmania with a four-wicket burst in the second innings of the Sheffield Shield final.
Ryano played three games for the Heat in their inaugural season, in between Test and ODI duties for Australia.
At the time he was rated the No.1 bowler in the country by his peers, and nothing that has happened since should have changed that opinion.
Knee, shoulder, and hip problems dogged him throughout 2012, but by March 2013 he had critics screaming for him to be among the first picked for the Ashes in England.
He was preparing for the stint by again playing in the Indian Premier League, where he is in the top 10 wicket-takers of all time. Ryano is playing alongside Heat teammate Luke Pomersbach and under coach Boof Lehmann at the Kings XI Punjab.
Married to longtime girlfriend Cherie in the spring of 2012, the couple live near Brisbane's bayside with their boxer dog Hank.
Away from cricket Ryano keeps an eye on Central Districts SANFL club in Adelaide, has acted as an ambassador for the Brisbane Lions in the AFL, and loves greyhound racing, being partners in a dog with Ricky Ponting.
A coach’s dream – a superb team man who encourages and inspires all around him. Fast, hostile, determined – my three favourite qualities in a quick!