Welcome to our full team preview for the Brisbane Heat in BBL10! The 2020-21 Big Bash League season is set to be an exciting one, getting underway on the 10th of December. In the lead up, we will be bringing you a full preview and future betting tips for every team in the league!
Click the following links to see our other team previews! Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder.
The Heat will get a massive boost this season with the ability to play Morne Morkel as a local player. The South African married Australian journalist Roz Kelly and following that became a permanent resident of Australia, allowing him the ability to play for the Heat and not take up one of the coveted international slots. Being a world class fast bowler, the Heat will now effectively be playing four international players every game, which is great for their depth.
Ben Laughlin is the all-time leading wicket taker in the Big Bash League, with 110 wickets in just 88 games. He will line up for the Heat again this season and combine for a lethal fast bowling duo with Morkel. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the No.2 ranked T20 bowler in the world and will spearhead the spin attack, unfortunately though, he will likely only be available until January before he departs for international duty. Hard not to like Laughlin to take the most wickets for the Heat, as he has done on a few occasions.
Laughlin Top BRI Wicket Taker
It seems like every year the Heat have the potential to have one of the most damaging batting line-ups in the league, but year after year, we are left disappointed. They will be led once again by Chris Lynn, who will be on a mission this season after being dropped from his IPL team the Kolkata Knight Riders at the end of last season and not playing a single game for the Mumbai Indians this year. Marnus Labuschange could return to the line-up late in the season if the Heat make the finals but will be unavailable throughout the year due to Test duty.
English import Tom Banton will need to be massive at the top of the order once he comes into the line-up after quarantining and his opening partner Max Bryant has looked on the precipice of breaking out for the last few seasons now. Chris Lynn will play every game for the Heat and is the obvious choice to lead their run-scorers this season.
Lynn Top BRI Runscorer
For me, the Heat just lack a little bit of depth in the batting department to be a powerhouse this season. The loss of Ur Rahman halfway through the season will also really hurt them. Their pace bowling attack is up there with the best in the league, but that is certainly a less important facet of the T20 game than batting and spin bowling.