Stuart Broad recently became only the third England bowler to pick up 350 wickets © Getty Images
Stuart Broad recently became only the third England bowler to pick up 350 wickets © Getty Images

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has joined the Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) season. Broad becomes the Hurricanes’ second overseas player for the season. Broad has not been in England’s plan for the limited-overs fixtures and will look to make an international comeback with a good performance in the BBL. Broad is currently the No. 4 ranked bowler in Tests and had a good outing against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Test series. Kumar Sangakkara is the other overseas player for Hurricanes.  Having joined the BBL, Broad says that he cannot wait to start playing in the tournament. READ: Stuart Broad hails Joe Root as complete batsman

“From a personal point of view the BBL looks like a fantastic competition to be involved in,” Broad, who returned from Test duty to take 0 for 18 from two overs for Nottinghamshire in their England domestic T20 semi-final on Saturday, said, according to cricket.com.au.

“Australia is one of my favourite places to play, the pitches and the crowds make for great cricket and atmosphere is fantastic. “It has been really good to have Hurricanes teammate Dan Christian playing with me at Notts who has been really positive about the Hobart Hurricanes and also the city of Hobart which I’m looking forward to embracing.” READ: Stuart Broad becomes 3rd England bowler to take 350 Test wickets

Hurricanes coach Damien Wright hopes Broad can help improve Hurricanes’ position from last season, where they finished in the seventh place.

“Stuart Broad has an incredible record in all three formats and his knowledge of the game overall will be a huge asset for our bowling group going forward,” Wright said. READ: Stuart Broad rips Australia apart with 8 for 15 before lunch on Day One

“He will give us great firepower with the ball and will be a fantastic inclusion into our pace attack joining [fast bowlers] Shaun Tait, Jake Reed and Sam Rainbird. We now have two of the biggest names in our game playing for the Hobart Hurricanes and our members & fans should be extremely excited for BBL|06. It was key to find someone who could contribute in a big way with the ball & we believe we’ve signed one of the very best to do this.