Australia ‘A’ fast bowler Andrew Fekete has dual reasons to celebrate turning the ‘Big 30’ today, with a KFC T20 Big Bash League contract with the Brisbane Heat amongst his birthday haul.
The Tasmanian paceman will join the Brisbane Heat from the Melbourne Renegades for BBL|05 and has spent the past three weeks familiarising himself with Brisbane as part of his stint with National Performance Squad at the National Cricket Centre.
Fekete will tour India with Australia ‘A’ during the winter following a breakthrough season with the Tigers in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.
The Victorian product was the second leading wicket-taker in the Shield, claiming 37 wickets at 24.1, and swept the player of the year awards at the Cricket Tasmania end of season dinner.
A Melbourne Renegades player for the past two BBL seasons, Fekete chased opportunity in opting to join the Heat after making just a handful of appearances for the team in red.
“The Renegades were very good to me, but I didn’t get a lot of game time, so when the opportunity came to join the Heat and potentially increase my chances of more playing time, I thought it was the right time to make the move,’’ he said.
“Bowling at the Gabba was another big attraction and certainly the chance to experience those conditions was another big factor in agreeing to terms. I’m looking to keep improving my game after having a good year with the Tigers so this gives me another area to experience.”
“I’m also pretty excited about working with Daniel Vettori. He’s a legend of the game and I’m keen to learn from him.”
Vettori, who has been monitoring the Heat squad preparations from India whilst on Indian Premier League duties with Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he was very pleased to secure the signature of Fekete.
“We had a lot of good reports about Andrew from players who faced him during the Shield season and we think he can continue to build on that sort of form with a white ball,’’ he said.
“I know James Hopes likes his potential especially the way he generates consistent pace and swing with the new ball. “
“I hope he has a happy birthday today and I wil look forward to seeing how he goes with the Australia ‘A’ squad when they tour to India in a few months,’’ Vettori said.
The Heat has now announced it has signed nine players for BBL|05.
Brisbane Heat BBL|05 Squad: Samuel Badree (international), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Andrew Fekete, Peter Forrest, Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Mark Steketee.
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