The Perth Scorchers have signed evergreen Brad Hogg for a second season of the Big Bash League.
The 41-year-old left-arm wrist spinner, Perth's first signing for the new season, became a cult figure with WA fans as he helped lead the side to the T20 competition's inaugural final, taking 13 wickets and going at just 5.61 an over.
Such was Hogg's success he earned an international recall, playing for Australia in two T20 matches against India, before being picked up to play in the Indian Premier League. He also signed for T20 competitions in Bangladesh, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Scorchers head coach Lachlan Stevens said the recruitment of Hogg is part of a plan to keep the core group of last season’s playing list together.
“Our inaugural squad got us to the final and we want to give as many of these players the opportunity to compete once again for the Perth Scorchers,” Stevens said.
“Hoggy was a cult figure in the Big Bash League last summer and to have him wearing the orange colours again is something we were very keen to make happen. It is exciting to have him back.
“Some viewed his signing last summer as a risk but we knew that a guy who could spin the ball both ways could be really effective. We were so happy that he performed extremely well and became the centrepiece of the Scorchers.”
The player signing window opened yesterday and closes on July 20.
Scorchers fixtures for 2012-13
Sunday, Dec 9: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, The Furnace (6pm)
Wednesday, Dec 12: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, The Furnace (5pm)
Sunday, Dec 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers, SCG (4pm)
Tuesday, Dec 18: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Gabba (4.30pm)
Saturday, Dec 29: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades, The Furnace (6pm)
Tuesday, Jan 1: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers, Blundstone Arena (4pm)
Friday, Jan 4: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, The Furnace (6pm)
Thursday, Jan 10: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Oval (4.30pm)
- Iron ore producer Atlas will again feature on the front and back of the Scorchers orange shirt after agreeing to extend their partnership with the team for another season.