Big Bash League 2012-13 October 31, 2012

Steyn signs on for Brisbane Heat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dale Steyn will play a one-off match for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League after South Africa's Test tour of Australia finishes in early December. Steyn has signed on to play the Heat's first match of the tournament, against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba, to cover for the Heat's other international fast-bowling recruit, Kemar Roach, who will join the squad after the first game.

South Africa's last Test finishes at the WACA on December 5, which will make it easy for Steyn to stay on for a few days for the game. The Heat coach Darren Lehmann, who coached Steyn with the Deccan Chargers during the IPL last season, said he was thrilled Steyn had agreed to fill the one-match vacancy.

"I was pleasantly surprised when he said he was [interested]," Lehmann said. "In fact I was over the moon. It's one game, and it is a massive bonus to have him available, but it is the first game and that gives us a great opportunity to hit the ground running from the outset."

"We struggled to get momentum early last season and that's an area we've had a good look at. But throwing someone like Dale into the mix on the Gabba for our first game is a handy way to help address that. This has all happened pretty quickly for us but it's certainly something for us and the fans to get excited about ahead of the opening game."

Steyn said: "Even though it's only for one match, I'm looking forward to experiencing the Australian domestic T20 setup and the passionate cricket fans that I've heard lots about. The Heat squad has some talented cricketers on board, who I have no doubt can make a telling impact this coming season."

The addition of Steyn comes after the Heat also signed Mitchell Johnson to their squad this week. The Heat have now signed 16 players and must add two more to their roster by the end of the contracting period on November 30.

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  • Roo on November 1, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Steyn has been one of my favorite overseas seamers for a long time, so its great to get the opportunity to see him at the ground in the Test & BBL... He's only ever played 1 T20 at the Gabba 2009, so a rare chance to see a modern great live...

  • Roo on November 1, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @zimbos_05... Steyn will be playing for the Saafa's against NZ & Pakistan this summer - it is the middle of their cricket season as well :) ...

  • Andrew on November 1, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (October 31 2012, 12:24 PM GMT) - classic! I thought Ronnie Mac was the best red-head bowler in the world????

  • Bryn on October 31, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    steyn, harris and johnson in the same side!!!!!!!!!!!! the two best bowlers in the world and the former best bowler in the world along with mcdermott the best red-headed bowler in the world

  • Ahmed on October 31, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Would really have liked this to have been for the full tournament. When i saw the news i jumped up and was excited only to see its for one game. Dale is a great player and would definitely love him for more than that, i dont see why not. However, now seriously thinking of going for the game against Hobart because of Dale.

  • Paul on October 31, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Great for the Aussie outfit, but what if Dale travels for a few, won't be a good purchase then :) - but will most likely get a few more bums on seats.

  • Aswin on October 31, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    imagine a heat bowling line up of Steyn, Ryan Harris , Mitchell Johnson and Alister McDermott That will test quite a few batters

  • Dayne on October 31, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Awesome, it'd be great news if it was half a game. Hopefully he can teach Mitchell Johnson a thing or two. Great news.

  • Andrew on October 31, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Dale wants to join a T20 franchise that won't choke if they get into the final! Seriously, though a good purchase for the Heat, all one game of it!

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