Brisbane Heat sign English prodigy Tom Banton
The Brisbane Heat have pulled off a recruitment coup by securing the signature of England’s new high rated top-order batsman Tom Banton for this summer’s KFC Big Bash League (BBL) tournament.
This has been the fourth overseas signing for Brisbane Heat as they previously signed South African legend Ab de Villiers and Afghanistan spin duo Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan.
Brisbane Heat will rotate these four overseas players across the whole tournament as only two foreign players are allowed to play in the main XI. The explosive right handed batsman, Tom Banton will play first eight games of the upcoming season and after that Ab de Villiers will replace him for the next six games and for the knockouts if Brisbane Heat qualifies.
Brisbane Heat general manager Andrew McShea and new coach Darren Lehmann are much excited to sign-up the new 20-year old English rising superstar. “He was the talk of English cricket during their season. Outside the Ashes, Tom was the player that many individuals were truly eager to watch, and in light of current circumstances.
“He’s a stunning striker of the ball and has that wide and differed scope of shots you have to benefit as much as possible from the early overs in the Power Play or to quicken the scoring through the middle and back portion of an innings,” Lehmann said.
Tom Banton marked himself out as a man for the big occasion with a hundred and two fifties in Somerset’s three knock-out games in the Royal London Cup, before lighting up the Vitality Blast with 549 runs at a strike rate of 161.47. Recently he had been called up in the England T20I squad for New Zealand tour. He had also been the English Young Player of the Year last week.
The former England under-19 captain, Banton himself was much sensationalized with the scope to play in this year’s BBL. “If you had asked me toward the beginning of the summer would I imagine it going this way, I would have most likely had a giggle and recommended you weren’t not kidding. I was overwhelmed when it was announced a week ago that AB was coming to join the Heat so what was already going to be an immense experience just got greater.
“I’m truly anticipating coming to Brisbane and seeing what Queensland brings to the table after already playing club cricket in Perth when I was younger. I’ve watched a fair bit of the BBL at home and it is a quality challenge with such a large number of exceptional players. I can hardly wait, to be honest,” the wicket-keeper batsman said.
The 2019–20 Big Bash League season is scheduled to start on 17 December 2019 and conclude on 8 February 2020.