CRICKET: The Brisbane Heat's loss could be a massive gain for Big Bash League battlers the Hobart Hurricanes, with 21-year-old Sunshine Coast all-rounder James Bazley today signing with the Tasmanian-based outfit.
Bazley was last year on Heat's supplementary list but never received the call up.
The question on many people's lips of whether he would play for the Heat when the Hurricanes visit the Sunshine Coast on December 16 and 17 for two warm-up matches has now been answered.
He may well play, just in different colours.
The all-rounder, who has taken on some of the world's best in Cricket Australia XI sides, hasn't fired with the bat for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers this year.
He was last week suffering a side strain which prevented him from bowling in the Scorchers' match with Toombul at John Blanck Oval.
Before that he indeed fired, picking up match figures of 8/74 against South Brisbane.
Hurricanes head coach Damien Wright said Bazley would provide added quality to his new-look side.
"He's a quality all-rounder,” he said.
Hobart recently traded big-hitting opener Ben Dunk (BBL03 Player of the Year) for local all-rounded Hamish Kingston.
Wright said the side, which hasn't finished higher than fourth place since 2013-14, would be less predictable.
"The beauty about this list this year is we have a number of different options,” he said.
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