ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Tim Paine of Hobart hits a six during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval on January 13, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/Getty Images)

The Hobart Huricanes have secured English T20 batsmen Dawid Malan for the 2020/21 season.

Malan has risen in the T20 ranks and is now rated as the formats best batsmen.

It’s also a huge acquisition for the BBL as a whole with Malan becoming the first new international player to commit to playing in the marquee 10th season of the BBL this summer.

The Hurricanes raid of English talent seemingly isn’t over with Will Jacks- the player of the tournament in this year’s T20 Blast tournament in England – being linked with the Purple franchise.

Malan topped the rankings of T20 batsmen after a strong series against Australia mid-year and announced in that series that he would be a part of the 10th edition of the BBL.

“The BBL is something in the (English) winter you really like to watch, it’s a very good product and it’s something I’ve really wanted to be a part of for a very long time,” Malan said in September.

“As a player, you want to play all over the world and in different leagues. It’s the only way to improve and learn different conditions.

“It’ll be a great learning opportunity for me to go out there, especially with the Twenty20 World Cup (in Australia) in two years’ time.

“If I can get some good experience in the Big Bash, I think that can only help.”

Hobart head coach Adam Griffith, who spent time with Malan at English county club Middlesex, said he was confident Malan would fit into the Hurricanes group.

“I’m very excited to have someone of Dawid’s talent and experience join the team,” said Griffith.

“He is a proven performer at T20 cricket on the international stage and I’m looking forward to seeing him hopefully replicate that for the Hurricanes.”