AB de Villiers to make Big Bash League debut with Brisbane Heat
- AB de Villiers will join the Heat for the second half of the eight-team competition that runs from December to February
- Coach Darren Lehmann said he was "over the moon" to have the opportunity to work with de Villiers for the first time
- De Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is in a 14-year career for South Africa
The 35-year-old prolific batsman will join the Heat for the second half of the eight-team competition that runs from December to February.
Coach Darren Lehmann said he was "over the moon" to have the opportunity to work with de Villiers for the first time.
Very pleased to have signed for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Great team, great city @HeatBBL @BBL https://t.co/DDQOxlS0tZ— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) 1569877118000
"World class players don't just come along every day and to have a player of AB's stature and skill in the BBL is a fantastic outcome for everyone, not just the Heat," he said.
"He's a 360-degree player, great skills, outstanding temperament and an insightful leader."
Can't wait to have you in Brisbane @ABdeVilliers17! #BringTheHeat https://t.co/92Vtd7Lbk4— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) 1569878003000
De Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 one-dayers and 78 Twenty20s in a 14-year career for the Proteas before retiring from international cricket in 2018.
He starred for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year's Indian Premier League, scoring 442 runs at an average of 44.20 with a rapid strike rate of 154.
He said the decision to join the Heat for the BBL from January, including the finals should they qualify, was an easy one to make.
"They play the kind of brand that I want to be associated with. It's quite aggressive, they go after the attack, and I'm looking forward to going to the Gabba," de Villiers said.
"It's a beautiful cricket field. It's a great wicket and games are always of a high quality."