Andrew Flintoff has signed with the Brisbane Heat for the upcoming Big Bash season.
Best AFL players: We rate the 40 best players of the 2014 season
2015 AFL Free Agents: We rate the five biggest names who headline the 2015 free agent crop
Biggest AFL trades: We rate the five biggest moves of the AFL trade and free agency period
Big Bash side Brisbane Heat have officially announced the signing of former England Test star Andrew Flintoff for the upcoming season.
The 36-year-old made an eye-catching return to cricket with the Lancashire Lightning this year and will link-up with former Lancashire teammate Stuart Law, now the coach of the Heat.
Law said he expected Flintoff to deliver and not treat it as a holiday.
“I’ve told Fred we signed him to win games of cricket, so that means we want him bowling 140km/hr, hitting sixes and using his experience around the group to get the job done,” he said.
“He’s an enormous competitor and so I know he is coming out for the right reasons. The Brisbane fans will quickly discover he’s a champion fella and I’m sure they will love having him with the team.
“He’s a wonderful person and we’re looking forward to having Fred and his family with us at the Heat over the summer.”
Flintoff said he was excited to return to Australia and catching up with NZ star Daniel Vettori.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play,” he said.
“Stuart and I have had a few conversations and I’m clear on what we’re looking to achieve in the competition.
“The Heat squad has some exciting talent and I’m looking forward to catching up with Dan Vettori again.”