TIM BRESNAN has signed a short-term deal to play in the Big Bash with title-chasing Perth Scorchers.

The Yorkshire all-rounder will become his county colleague David Willey’s overseas replacement from next Wednesday, meaning he will be available for three group fixtures and the finals series later this month.

Bresnan’s second spell in the Australian domestic competition has been in the pipeline for some time, with him first revealing his hopes of a deal in November.

The 31-year-old played for Hobart Hurricanes two winters ago.

Willey will leave Australia after Thursday’s table-topping clash with Brisbane Heat at the WACA.

He will then join up with England for their one-day and Twenty20 series in India.

Bresnan, who underwent right elbow surgery in October, will debut in the return clash between the two at the Gabba next Wednesday.

Brisbane were hoping to win their fourth straight match against Sydney Sixers this morning and replace Perth at the top of the table. Perth have won three of their first four matches.

“It was an easy decision really,” said Bresnan, who took 21 wickets for Yorkshire in last year’s NatWest T20 Blast, the third best haul in the competition.

“The past history of Big Bash, they’ve always done well, so it’s a logical choice.

“When they said they wanted a replacement for Dave Willey, I jumped at the chance.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing some Big Bash cricket again. I really enjoyed it last time when I played with Hobart.”

Bresnan has already left England for Perth, and spent New Year’s Day with Willey and Ian Bell, the Scorchers’ other English import.

Willey has taken six wickets from his three matches.

"Tim is another very experienced player who's done very well in Twenty20 cricket in England," said Scorchers coach Justin Langer.

"His international experience and first-class experience is a great asset for us. Like with the rest of our squad, he's a very good person who'll fit in very well for our team ethos.”

Bresnan is one of a host of Englishmen currently playing in the Big Bash, with Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Jason Roy, Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan all involved.