BBL preview - Brisbane Heat

  • Tom Abell - In the England Lions squad, will miss the first few matches.
  • Mark Sketee - In the Australia ‘A’ squad, will miss the first few matches.
  • Marnus Labuschagne - In the Ashes squad, will likely miss the majority of the tournament.
  • Mitch Swepson - In the Ashes squad, will miss at least the first five matches of the tournament.
  • Michael Neser - In the Ashes squad, will miss at least the first five matches of the tournament.
  • Top order batting - If they plant to their potential, Heat have a strong top four/five, with plenty of versatility due their overseas signings this season. Chris Lynn is obviously the star name and will be essential to any success they have, with better players of spin around him he could be a serious danger this year.’
  • Upgraded players of spin - Ben Duckett & Tom Abell are both high quality players of spin, they don’t just score quickly, they’re also reliable and maintain a high average. They can score in unusual area’s and both play the reverse sweep particularly well, the LH/RH combination will also cause problems for opposition teams, as well as their ability to rotate strike and score boundaries.
  • Spin attack/depth - Mujeeb and Kuhnemann is a decent spin attack, considering they’re missing Swepson. Kuhnemann is a solid player and has probably deserved more opportunities than he’s received in recent seasons and comes into the tournament off the back of good performances in other formats. Mujeeb had an excellent t20 WC and looked more threatening than he has in a while from a wicket taking perspective.
  • Death overs bowling - This seems to be a problem for Brisbane Heat every season and every year they fail to address it. It looks to be no different this time around and after going for 10.62 rpo at the death last season, they look even weaker this time around. Mark Steketee was their most commonly used bowler in this phase last season and he won’t be available for the first few matches either.
  • Lower order hitting - Middle/lower order options of Peirson, Cooper, Bazley and Wildermuth don’t exactly inspire confidence in comparison to what some teams have available to them . Wildermuth is capable but you don’t want to be relying one a bowling all-rounder to do a job, they’re lacking a specialist in this area.
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Screenshot from cricmetric
Error with Matt Kuhnemann’s bowling figures, it’s supposed to be 173 runs conceded, not 73.

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