England seamer Sajid Mahmood is looking forward to testing himself against the best short-format players in the world when he contests Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash this winter.
Lancastrian Mahmood has signed for the Western Warriors' Twenty20 as their import player for the 2010/11 tournament, replacing West Indian quick Kemar Roach in the squad.
The 28-year-old, who plays County cricket for Lancashire, said he was delighted to have the opportunity to play in Australia.
"I have never played domestic cricket for anyone other than Lancashire so it will be a different challenge for myself, but one I'm looking forward to," Mahmood said.
"I've played a bit of cricket in Australia before and I know it's going to be tough, but I think I've grown as a cricketer and as a person since I was last there and hopefully I can show what I can do this time around."
Mahmood has first-hand experience with some of his new team-mates - having played against Marcus North and Adam Voges at County level.
He has also done battle at international level with West Indian captain Chris Gayle - who should again be heading Down Under to play Twenty20 cricket for the Warriors, providing West Indian cricket authorities give the go-ahead.
"You only have to see the way North and Voges play to know they are top-quality cricketers, and Gayle can change a game in a couple of overs, especially in the Twenty20 arena," Mahmood said.
"These guys have played so much Twenty20 cricket all around the world, in different conditions and against the best bowlers, so to pick their brain is going to be something I'm really looking forward to."
Mahmood heads to Perth riding high after an outstanding season for Lancashire in England's domestic Twenty20 competition. He picked up 23 wickets in 15 matches at 18.69, and averaged 16.80 with the bat at a strike rate of 190.90.
"I had a pretty decent Twenty20 season in 2009, but the difference this year was that I performed a bit better with the bat. The last couple of games I moved up to number five and I really enjoyed it there," he said.