The Gold Coast teenager was a revelation for Brisbane in his first full season in the KFC Big Bash League, finishing as the team’s second leading runs-scorer behind captain Chris Lynn.
Bryant hammered 335 runs at a strike-rate of 150.22, the second-highest strike-rate from the competition’s top 50 scorers, stamping himself as a power-play specialist at the top of the order with 42 fours and 14 sixes.
His stand-out innings was a career highest score of 71 not out from just 30 balls as he and Ben Cutting (81no from 30 balls) thrilled the Gabba faithful to chase down the Melbourne Stars’ total of 156 in just ten overs.
Bryant, who turns 20 next month, was signed to the Heat in BBL|07 and will now be tied to the club until the end of BBL|10.
The clean-hitting right-hander provided a glimpse of what was possible at the start of the season when he stroked a 23-ball half century, the fastest in Queensland’s domestic limited overs history, in the JLT One Day Cup.
Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said Bryant’s signature had been a priority for the club in the aftermath of the BBL earlier this month, which saw Brisbane finish fifth after being in contention for a spot in the Finals until the last game of the regular season.
“I think everyone who saw his batting this season would agree he is a special player and the performance that he and Ben Cutting put on against the Melbourne Stars in our last home game was quite extraordinary,’’ he said.
“We’re delighted he has committed to the club long-term and believe he will provide plenty of enjoyment for our fans in the future. It’s certainly exciting to add another Queensland player to our long-term playing roster,’’ McShea said.
Bryant said he had tried to follow a simple process while batting throughout the BBL this summer and was happy with the performances he produced.
“I really tried to do the basics well – keep my head still and play to my strengths – and that certainly helped me the further we went in the season,’’ he said.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to have been part of the club while Brendon McCullum was playing. He and Chris Lynn have been a big help throughout the past two seasons. Baz has done so much in his career and just the little things he passed on were great for me.”
“I’m looking forward to making the most of whatever opportunities I get for the rest of the season and will then be very keen for a big off-season, so I can be ready to go again next summer.”
The Heat will announce further signings in due course.