Giles expects good things from Parry

January 06, 2015 13:08:37 UK

Lancashire director of cricket Ashley Giles says Stephen Parry can gain valuable knowledge from participating in the Big Bash League.

Lightning spinner Parry has flown out to Australia to hook up with Old Trafford team-mate Andrew Flintoff at Brisbane Heat,as a direct replacement for fellow slow left-armer Daniel Vettori.

This is a good move for Stephen who will gain valuable experience playing in such a high-profile competition.

Ashley Giles

The 28-year-old, who has played for England in both one-day and Twenty20 internationals over the past 12 months and went to last year’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, joins a team struggling to qualify for the tournament’s latter stages.

But he has good 20-over pedigree, having helped Lancashire dominate the northern group in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast last summer before losing by four runs in the final to hosts Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Giles said: “This is a good move for Stephen who will gain valuable experience playing in such a high-profile competition.”

He is set to make his debut for the Heat, who are coached by another former Lancashire player Stuart Law, against a Sydney Sixers side featuring Nottinghamshire duo Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels this Sunday.

“He’s a good lad and a seasoned competitor for Lancashire. He’s a solid all-round cricketer so we expect him to slot in and play a similar role as the one Dan performed for us,” said Law.

Brisbane, champions two years ago, have won just once in four attempts this winter and face a must-win match on Thursday against holders Perth Scorchers at the WACA – defeat would leave them facing an almost impossible task to make the semi-finals.

The Heat areĀ 17.00 to win the Bog Bash League, with the ScorchersĀ 6.00 and the Sydney Sixers 6.50.

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