Andrew Flintoff joins Brisbane Heat for upcoming Big Bash League

Andrew Flintoff of Lancashire looks on during the Natwest T20 Blast match between Worcestershire Rapids and Lancashire Lightning at New Road on July 6, 2014
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Brisbane Heat confirm that Andrew Flintoff will join the club for this summer's T20 Big Bash campaign.

Brisbane Heat have confirmed that Andrew Flintoff will join the club for this year's Big Bash League campaign.

The former England all-rounder, who initially came out of retirement in May to pay in the T20 Blast with Lancashire Lightning, had been locked in discussions with the Heat over a playing return during the past week.

Flintoff will link up with former Lancashire teammate Stuart Law - who is now the head coach of the Australian outfit - when he arrives in December.

"I'm excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play," the 36-year-old told the club's official website. "Stuart and I have had a few conversations and I'm clear on what we're looking to achieve in the competition.

"The Heat squad has some exciting talent and I'm looking forward to catching up with Dan Vettori again. I've seen from afar how the BBL has evolved so quickly to become a world-class competition and it's a challenge that I am certainly up for.

"I really enjoyed my T20 season with Lancs and having the opportunity to keep playing is something I am very pleased about. It's going to be great heading out to Brisbane and getting into the swing of things for the BBL in December."

Flintoff becomes the third international player to be signed by the heat, alongside Vettori and West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.

Andrew Flintoff of Lancashire celebrates with Ashwell Prince and Paul Horton after dismissing Ian Bell of Birmingham Bears during the Natwest T20 Blast final between Lancashire Lighting and Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston on August 23, 2014
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