Big Bash League 2012-13 December 12, 2012

Brad Young signs with Adelaide Strikers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brad Young has become the latest veteran spinner to join the Big Bash League after signing with the Adelaide Strikers. Young, 39, has been confirmed as the team's replacement for his fellow left-arm orthodox bowler Jon Holland, who will miss the entire BBL season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

Young played six one-day internationals for Australia in 1998 and 1999, and he also took a hat-trick against New Zealand in the semi-final at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in a match that was not considered an official ODI. He has not played at the elite level since his last appearance for South Australia in 2003 but he impressed the Strikers coach Darren Berry, who trialled Young and Mark Higgs during practice matches last month.

"Brad Young is a great story coming off the surf beach at Grange," Berry told the Advertiser of Young, who has been playing cricket in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association rather than grade cricket. "It was a tough call [between Young and Higgs], but we just felt Brad was better suited to what we are looking for. He will be a handy addition."

Young will be available for the Strikers' next game, against Brisbane Heat on Thursday. He joins fellow veteran spinners Shane Warne and Brad Hogg in this year's BBL - Stuart MacGill was also part of the tournament last summer - and Young believes his age and experience will hold him in good stead for a return to elite cricket.

"I played when Australia were the No. 1 side in the world, I look back with fond memories and hopefully there are a few more over the next few weeks," Young said. "I have a wiser head on my shoulders. I do feel ready, shed a few kilos, the ball is coming out well and I am just trying to get up to speed on the fielding and batting."

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  • Roo on December 13, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @ Dashgar... One of the smarter comms on this website :) ... If you follow the BBL then there are many overseas players that are still in their prime playing regularly in Oz each summer... Complained a number of times at the 2 OS player limit - should be 4/5... There are many Pak, WI players that have greatly contibuted to Oz cricket over a number of years now + SL, SA, Eng, NZ players - would love to see some Ind & Bang players involved in the future...

    For me, I'd like to see more Asian spinners coming to Oz on a regular basis as its an area that we generally lack in & could do with more experience in...

    As for past greats playing - well Young was never in the conversation & never will be = Murali, Warne - yeah right, lol...

  • James on December 13, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    good keep the young players out of T20 until they learn to play at first class level

  • Surendra on December 12, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @ Batmanian, how can you compare Brad Young and Sachin Tendulkar?

  • Andrew on December 12, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @ Dashgar on (December 12 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) - funnily enuff, my comment about the Scorchers signing Sir Viv was BEFORE they got humped by the Stars!!! Sir Viv is in the country - sign him up I say!!!!!!

  • Pete on December 12, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    The really scary thing is, satish619chandar, when does Tendulkar call time on the extended T20 career that awaits when he quits Tests? I think he's got at least twenty-five years in him.

  • Andrew on December 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Dashgar on (December 12 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) - personally I'd rather Young be playing in the BBL than Lyon, same as I'd rather Hayden having a BBL tonk than say Burns! So I say bring on the oldies, wheel out Mo Matthews, give Andrew Johns another crack (I mean turn), Stuey Law & Di Venuto should play too. TBH - I would much rather see 20/20 be a Master's format, a bit like that Beach Cricket series that was played a few years back it was great seeing Thommo bowling to Sir Viv (The Master Blaster! now there's a thought, wonder if the Scorchers have a position open?)!!!!!!

  • Chris on December 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    its easy to understand people skepticism but a little more research by the author and he could have pointed out Young isn't "coming from the beach", he is in top shape in the top grade of Adelaide Turf. This comp has many ex shield players and squad members and truth be told probably isn't too far away from the top standard of grade cricket in Adelaide. Brad has nothing to lose, the majority of people have written him off already, but if he does do well does it highlights one of the problems with cricket in this (SA) state? Good luck Youngy.

  • Satish on December 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    So the likes of Lillee, McDermott and Riefell can give it a try too.

  • Tim on December 12, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    The BBL continue to bring in old men. Young is not a drawcard like Warne, MacGill or Hogg, he's just a guy who wasn't even that good in his prime. BBL teams need to either play quality players, blood youth or bring in good imports. This sort of signing isn't good enough and if the teams continue down this path they should lose their mid-season window (which should happen anyway). The BBL is contributing nothing to Australian cricket unless it's a truly elite competition.

  • Simon on December 12, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I appreciate peoples feelings about Young, particularly after the success of Warne and Hogg etc. But then again, Young was never quite Hoggy. Hogg had an ODI average of 26 with an economy rate of under 5. Young had an average nearly ten times Hogg's with an economy rate of more than 6. Good luck to him and all, maybe he has become the greatest spinner of all time in his period away from the game, but I won't hold my breath.

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