The Perth Scorchers have signed English bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan as the Club’s international replacement player for David Willey.
Bresnan will be available to play from the Wednesday 11 January game against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba, with Willey unavailable for the Club’s final three regular season games along with any potential finals due to England duty.
Willey was last month called into England’s squad for the ODI and T20 International series in India in mid-to-late January.
Right-arm fast medium bowler Bresnan, 31, has represented England across all three formats, with 23 Tests, 85 ODIs and 34 T20 Internationals.
Bresnan was the third leading wicket-taker in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast with 21 dismissals and has previous KFC Big Bash League experience, playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL|04.
Scorchers coach Justin Langer said: “Tim is another very experienced player who’s done very well in Twenty20 cricket in England.
“His international experience and first class experience is a great asset for us.
“Like with the rest of our squad, he’s a very good person who’ll fit in very well for our team ethos.”
Bresnan said he jumped at the chance to join the two-time BBL champions.
“It was an easy decision really,” Bresnan said. “The past history of Big Bash they’ve always done well, so it’s a logical choice.
“When they said they wanted a replacement for Dave Willey I jumped at the chance.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing some Big Bash cricket again. I really enjoyed it last time when I played with Hobart.”
Any replacement player must play in the starting XI or be selected as 12th man for the upcoming match.