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Brisbane Heat sign English prodigy Tom Banton

The Brisbane Heat have made a recruiting coup for this summer's KFC Big Bash League (BBL) tournament by securing the signature of England's new high-class top-order batsman Tom Banton.

This is the fourth overseas contract for the Brisbane Heat, as they have previously signed legendary South African batsman Abraham de Villiers and Afghanistan spin duo Mujib ur Rehman and Zaheer Khan.

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The Brisbane Heat will rotate these four foreign players throughout the tournament as only two foreign players are allowed to play in the main XI. The explosive right-handed batsman, Tom Banton, will play the first eight matches of the upcoming season followed by Ab de Villiers to replace him for the next six matches and for the knockout if Brisbane qualify for the Heat.

Brisbane Heat general manager Andrew McShee and new coach Darren Lehmann are very excited to sign-up the new 20-year-old English rising superstar. He said, "He was talking English cricket during his season. Outside the Ashes, Tom was the player many people were really looking forward to seeing, and in light of the current circumstances.

"He is a terrific striker of the ball and you will benefit from as many different and different scopes as possible from the early overs in the power play or speed up the scoring through the middle and back of an innings," Lemon said .

Tom Banton marked himself as a man for the big occasion at Somerset's three knock-out games at the Royal London Cup with a hundred and two fifties, before illuminating the Vitality Blast with 549 runs at a strike rate of 161.47. did. Recently he was called into the England T20I squad for the tour of New Zealand. He was also the English Young Player of the Year last week.

Former England Under-19 captain, Banton himself was quite sensational with the scope of playing in this year's BBL. "If you asked me towards the beginning of summer would I imagine going this way, I would most likely say you were a gag and you advised me not to joke. When I was announced a week ago I was overwhelmed when AB was coming to join the Heat, which was already going to be a big experience.

"I was really looking forward to coming to Brisbane and seeing Queensland when I was younger, after having already played club cricket on the table. I have seen a bit of BBL at home and it is a great number of exceptional players "There is a quality challenge. I can hardly wait, to be honest," the wicketkeeper batsman said.

The 2019-20 Big Bash League season is scheduled to begin on 17 December 2019 and end on 8 February 2020.

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