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Heat retain world No.1 bowler Badree

  • Heat retain world No.1 bowler Badree

    (FILES) In this photograph taken on April 3, 2016, West Indies's Samuel Badree(R)celebrates after his dismissal of England's Jason Roy during the World T20 cricket tournament final match between England and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata. After the West Indies' dramatic victory over England in the final of cricket's World Twenty20, AFP picks its best eleven of the tournament. / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Brisbane's Big Bash League rebuild has continued, with the franchise retaining the services of West Indian world No.1 Twenty20 bowler Samuel Badree.

A key performer in the West Indies World T20 success, legspinner Badree was a rare shining light in last season's disappointing BBL for the Heat, claiming the most wickets with nine scalps.

"Sam was a proven performer for us last season," coach Daniel Vettori said.

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"To get him back in that role that he did so well in is great for the club."

The Heat won only three of eight games last season, their last coming after Badree took 5-22 against the Stars to finish their season on a high.

They will also be bolstered by the addition of Brendon McCullum.

The New Zealander was originally due to play for the Heat in 2015-16, however he decided to play on in international cricket until the end of the World T20.

"Brendon McCullum coming in is also going to make a huge difference," Vettori said.

"Not only with his batting but with his leadership and the way he enjoys the game of cricket."

The Heat have also secured the signature of big-hitting Strikers batsman Alex Ross.

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