Recent England T20 call-up Tom Banton will make his Big Bash bow down under after news emerged the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman has signed for the Brisbane Heat ahead of the upcoming campaign.
The 20-year-old, who was called up to England’s Twenty20 squad for the tour of New Zealand following a breakthrough summer at Taunton, will represent the Heat in their first eight games.
Banton was named PCA Young Player of the Year last week after hitting 533 runs in the Specsavers County Championship, 454 in the Royal London One-Day Cup and 549 in the Vitality Blast.
Banton will be joined by former South Africa batsman AB De Villiers plus Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan as the Heat’s overseas players.
He told the Heat’s official website: “If you had asked me at the start of the summer would I imagine it going like this, I would have probably had a laugh and suggested you weren’t serious.
“I was blown away when it was announced last week that AB was coming to join the Heat, so what was already going to be a huge experience just got bigger.”
Heat coach Darren Lehmann added: “He was the talk of English cricket during their season. Outside the Ashes, Tom was the player that a lot of people were really excited to be watching, and with good reason.”
Butter’s 75 on day four helped England to victory over Pakistan in the first Test.
The wicketkeeper struggled behind the stumps but made 75 in a match-winning partnership with Chris Woakes.
Craig Overton claimed four wickets for 12 runs in the Bob Willis Trophy match.
The pair turned the tables at Old Trafford with a 139-run stand which turned the tables on the tourists.
England captain Knight, whose side are defending champions, believes it would have been safe to play the tournament.
The pair shared a half-century stand at better than a run a ball to keep an unlikely run-chase alive.
The hosts lost Rory Burns for 10.
Pakistan resumed 244 in front and eight wickets down but added 32 runs in just 16 balls on the fourth morning.
The hosts still face an uphill task to win the series opener at Old Trafford.
The England vice-captain helped drag the hosts back into the first Test.