Current Test opener Matt Renshaw and rookie my FootDr Queensland Bulls pace bowler Brendan Doggett have both agreed to their first Big Bash contracts as Brisbane shape their squad for BBL|07 and beyond.
Doggett, who delivered an emphatic first class debut in Queensland’s JLT Sheffield Shield win over Victoria at the Gabba on the weekend, previously held a non-playing BBL community rookie contract with the club for BBL|05 and BBL|06.
The Toowoomba product took 4-33 in Victoria’s first innings as he became the first Indigenous player to represent Queensland at first class level since 1982-83.
Renshaw, 21, and Doggett, 23, are yet to play T20 cricket beyond Premier Cricket level, but Heat coach Dan Vettori is excited by the duo’s potential.
“As a Test and first class player primarily, Matt Renshaw probably has his L-plates on when it comes to T20, but we think he has shown he has the skills and mental toughness to adapt his game to the BBL,’’ he said.
“He has scored a few half centuries for the Bulls in the one-day games he has played so far and as a 21-year-old batsman, we think he will evolve his skills the further he goes in his career. We expect Matt will be available for the back half of the BBL and look forward to working with him when he is with us.”
Vettori said the Heat had kept tabs on Doggett for the past few seasons after seeing him in action in the nets during this time as a Community Rookie
“Brendan is an impressive young man who was a pleasure to have around when he was with us. From what I saw during the one-day competition, he’s coming along nicely and as a genuine pace bowler, will be a handy addition to the squad,’’ Vettori said.
Renshaw said he had not been considering a BBL contract when he started preparations for the season earlier this year.
“I’d probably looked at that period of the season and worked out that it was a chance to recharge the batteries and get some preparations in for the back half of the Shield season,’’ he said.
“But it will be great to be a part of things with the Heat. Going to the games as a fan is a magic experience so I am excited to see what it is like from the players’ area.
“The cricket tragic in me will also be super keen to learn what I can from Brendon McCullum who has been so successful in all formats of the game across his career.”
Doggett said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time with Brisbane in the past few seasons and would be well prepared with what to expect off the field.
“It was a really beneficial experience being with the Heat while I was working on things with Wests and the Queensland Indigenous side,’’ he said.
“Being around the sold-out games at the Gabba last year was a massive thrill, but the prospect of playing is a bit of a dream actually,’’ he said.
BBL|07 tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.au.