English player Lewis Gregory joins his Somerset teammate Tom Banton as he signs up with Brisbane Heat for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.
Lewis Gregory becomes the third overseas player of the Brisbane Heat for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. With that, he has officially joined the team who had previously signed Afghanistan’s Mujeeb ur Rahman and Gregory’s Somerset teammate Tom Banton.
Being a part of the team marks the 28-year-old’s first stint in the BBL as he had already played in the Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League. Talking about his upcoming new experience, he says, ‘I've enjoyed the challenge of adapting to conditions when I played in the BPL and PSL and got some good insights into Australian conditions during the Lions tour so I'm certainly excited to be heading to the Heat’.
Having him in the team, head coach Darren Lehmann says, ‘He was quite sought after so we're very pleased he is coming to us. I know Bants (Tom Banton) rates him very highly as a leader, a player and as a person, and I only heard good things about him from the UK when I was involved with the preparations for The Hundred competition where he was lined up to skipper the Trent Rockets team’.
‘It's great adding another experienced performer into the group. He's performed quite well in the overseas T20 leagues he has played in and had a good taste of Australian conditions last season as captain of the English Lions team that was out here on tour. I am sure he is looking at the BBL as an opportunity to show the English selectors that he is one to keep on their radar ahead of the Ashes next year’, he added.
Gregory has a reputation of being a finisher in the shortest format of the sport. He is regarded as someone who can hit the ball long, having a strike rate of 146.80. With that, he is expected to be a part of the team for the entire season should he not be faced with quarantine problems upon his arrival. Should he be available, then he may witness the kick-off of the 10th season of the BBL on December 3. To know more about this league, visit Betwala.
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