BIG BASH LEAGUE
Ben Laughlin has picked 95 wickets in BBL © Getty
Big Bash League’s all-time leading wicket-taker Ben Laughlin has joined Brisbane Heat, switching over from the Adelaide Strikers. The right-arm seamer had one season left on his contract with the Strikers but requested to be released to his home state, where he has now signed a two-year deal.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann welcomed Laughlin, who has 95 wickets in the competition at an average of 21.55 and economy of 7.87, while also lauding the Strikers management for agreeing to the move.
“I think the Strikers management deserve a real wrap for the way they dealt professionally and compassionately with his request to be released,” Lehmann said. “In turn, the Heat are very pleased to welcome Ben to our club. I am looking forward to working with him again after he was in the Queensland team in the old KFC Big Bash in my first season with the Bulls.
“From a playing perspective, I’m a big admirer of how he deals so efficiently with the roles he is assigned. He’s been a very skilled performer in those overs when there is very little margin for error and has rode the highs and lows that come with such a role.”
South Australia High Performance Manager Tim Nielsen was disappointed to see Laughlin leave, but understood the decision. “Ben has been a great bowler for us for a long time so we were disappointed but understood the decision,” Nielsen said. “He has two young boys now and wants to spend more time closer to the family home in Noosa.”
Laughlin is the latest in what has been a summer of exciting acquisitions by the Brisbane Heat, who’ve already landed AB de Villiers along with Tom Banton.
Meanwhile, the Strikers have replaced Laughlin with New South Wales seamer Harry Conwoy, who is yet to make his BBL debut.