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International flavour spices things up for Brisbane Heat

Kemar Roach of the West Indies bowls during day two of the second Test match between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 26, 2012 in Nottingham, England.
Kemar Roach of the West Indies bowls during day two of the second Test match between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 26, 2012 in Nottingham, England. Gareth Copley / Getty Images

"RUN in and rip his face off!"

That is invariably a catch cry used by the slips cordon when a bowler who can touch 150kph casually turns at the top of his mark.

It's certainly not something you want to hear as a batsman when you turn around to see the slips and wicketkeeper waiting with bated breath, back near the 30m ring.

Fortunately, for the Brisbane Heat this summer, we plan to dish out plenty of our own chin music, as West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach and Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson join our ranks.

Right from a young age, speed is something that both fascinates and frightens.

There was always that kid from around the corner growing up, who used to get his kicks from steaming in and trying to rattle a few of the neighbourhood's younger ones in the backyard.

He didn't care, he wanted to see wickets cartwheel and blood flow, not necessarily in that order.

Our acquisition of two of world cricket's fastest bowlers for the Big Bash League means that we have our own 'neighbourhood bullies'.

In the fast-paced game of cricket-tainment that is Twenty20, these two will be more than a handful.

It's not often you see batsman take on extreme speed in T20 and finish ahead time and time again.

Not only will it be great for the fans, but also for the playing group to have these international stars at our disposal.

They command so much respect on the cricket circuit that you have to be impressed by their work ethic and 'fast bowlers' detail.

Particularly for our younger quicks, it can always be a learning experience on and off the field around players of their calibre.

I've had a bit to do with Mitch from when he was with the Bulls, but I am looking forward to chatting about plans and tactics with him.

The same can be said for Roach. Coming from a different background it will be very interesting to get his take on fast bowling and how he views the game.

Throw his West Indian flair into the mix and you can predict excitement plus.

To have these two bowlers on one of the fastest and bounciest wickets in the world will be a sight to behold.

I can already imagine the atmosphere that they will both command - steaming in, new ball in hand as the Gabba roars, slow clap to fast clap as they near the crease, reaching a crescendo as they stand tall and zing the ball through to Chris Hartley, slapping into his gloves.

It's a sight that will have any batsman 'packing their daks'.

Topics:  brisbane heat cricket mitchell johnson summer



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