Brisbane Heat has not been able to win a match in three matches played so far and thus, they are languishing at the bottoms of the points table with just one point. They will hope of turning around their poor start in their fourth match against Hobart Hurricanes, who are currently leading the points table with 11 points. The Gabba will host this collision which will be the 16th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020.
To make the case worse for Brisbane Heat, they will be missing their captain Chris Lynn for over three weeks due to a hamstring injury. Lynn is also the batting mainstay of the side who charges the innings with his power-hitting. His absence is surely a huge loss to them.
Here, let’s take a look at how Brisbane Heat’s playing XI might shape in:
Max Bryant hasn’t managed to give a decent starting to Brisbane Heat and as a result, the pressure has been on middle-order batsmen to build the innings. In the last three matches, he has scored 20-ball 20, 23-ball 29 runs and 12-ball 12 respectively. Brisbane Heat will want him to set the stage on fire in powerplays to allow the middle-order to play freely.
The southpaw Sam Heazlett was out for duck leaving his team struggling against Adelaide Strikers. In the last two matches, he has scored 14 and 20 runs against Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunders respectively.
Like his opening partner, Heazlett has also been unable to give a good base to the team and it adds pressure on the middle to score runs. The 25-year-old will look to redeem against Hurricanes otherwise Brisbane Heat might be in another trouble.
Playing the first season for Brisbane Heat, Simon Milenko doesn’t have a memorable debut match. He was out for one run after facing four balls. Although he is a part-time bowler, he wasn’t given the chance to bowl.
The promising youngster Dan Lawrence hasn’t stood up to expectation in the last three matches, being out for mere eight, 20 and 30 runs respectively. On all occasions, he had the opportunity to step up and take the team forward after the early fall of top-order. However, Lawrence could not capitalize on the opportunity.
Seeing his impressive performance in English domestic cricket, he was called to play for Brisbane Heat. The young gun needs to get runs in the coming match to prove his case.
Tom Cooper, who has represented Australia in 23 ODIs and 18 T20Is, has not had a good start to the 10th season of the Big Bash League (BBL). He has scored 26 and 5 runs in the first two matches respectively.
But he was set to play a big knock against Adelaide Strikers in the last match but was given a controversial LBW. The bat was clearly hitting his bat but the umpire raised his finger after a strong appeal from bowlers. The decision can not be reversed because DRS is not available in BBL.
The fast bowling allrounder Jack Wildermuth played his first match of the ongoing season against Sydney Thunders. He went on to play a rocket fueling knock though stayed for a shorter period in the field. Jack faced only 11 balls but struck four sixes and went on to score 31 runs.
Apart from batting, he was also economical and picked three wickets while gave away only 23 runs in his four overs quota. However, His overall contribution could not help Brisbane Heat to clinch victory. However, the franchise will want him to continue giving them success.
Jimmy Peirson (c & wk):
The stand-in captain Jimmy Peirson almost pull off Brisbane Heat to victory. While chasing 151 runs target, he scored unbeaten 69 runs in 36 balls, striking seven fours and two giant sixes. He played a gun-blazing knock but will be disappointed that he could not take the game home as they lost the match by just two runs. However, the knock would have been given him confidence.
Mark Steketee, the 26-year-old pacer, didn’t feature in the first match of Brisbane Heat as he was playing for Australia A in warm-up games against India.
He played the first match of BBL 2020 against Sydney Thunder where he picked up one wicket but could not control the run rate. In his four overs, he was hit for two fours and two sixes, giving away a total of 35 runs.
Against Adelaide Striker, the pacer notched two wickets but the economy rate was still a problem for him. He will want to come out more economical against Hobart Hurricanes.
Xavier Bartlett ticked all the boxes right to dismantle Adelaide Strikers batting attack. He picked threw wickets while gave away 24 runs in his four overs quota to halt them for 150 runs. This was the only second match for him in this season. Brisbane Heat will want him to display a similar bowling performance against the current table toppers.
The known player of South Africa Morne Morkel, who has now become the permanent resident of Australia, has not played a match for Brisbane Heat this season. But he is likely to get the place against Hobart Hurricanes because Ben Laughlin has been very expensive. And the franchise needs a bowler in death overs, who can control the run rate. Morne Morkel will be a perfect choice for it.
Mujeeb ur Rahman:
Mujeeb ur Rahman was economical in the last match but he could not get the wickets which was the need of the hour. Against Sydney Thunders, he notched the only wicket of Baxter Holt and leaked 27 runs in his four overs quota. The right-arm off-spinner will look to be the leading wicket-taker for Brisbane Heat on Sunday.