The Hurricanes head to Brisbane to take on the Heat in a crucial clash at the Gabba on Sunday night. The winless Heat need to get on the board as their finals hopes are already fading, whilst the Hurricanes will be looking to firmly establish their spot at the top end of the table. Can the Heat produce with the bat to keep their season alive? Or will the Cane Train keep rolling?
Gabba, Sunday December 27, 7:15pm
Brisbane Heat Squad: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Dan Lawrence, Ben Laughlin, Jimmy Peirson, Simon Milenko, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood
Hobart Hurricanes Squad: Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Will Parker, D'Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Mac Wright
The Hurricanes are in great form to start the season sitting at 3-1, whilst the Heat sit rock bottom of the BBL table with an 0-3 record. The Hurricanes success has been based around their all round depth with both bat and ball. With Colin Ingram, Ben McDermott and Tim David sitting as the league's top three run scorers, whilst James Faulkner leads the competition in wickets.
The Heat face similar problems they have had in previous seasons, with a top order prone to severe collapses and an inability to find a sustainable batting method. It’s all or nothing for the Heat. With Chris Lynn out, the underperforming batting line up, faces even more pressure.
The Hurricanes have won four of their last six against the Heat and lead the head to head matchup 10-6. The Hurricanes have found their groove early in the season and they don’t look like slowing down anytime soon.
Whilst Chris Lynn’s absence creates a massive headache for the Heat, it provides opportunity and extra responsibility for the other batsmen in the Heat side. One of those is Max Bryant.
The opener has made starts in his three games so far this season with scores of 20, 29 and 12. Bryant scored 335 runs in BBL08, he has shown he is capable at this level before. With extra responsibility on Bryant’s shoulders, expect the youngster to relish the challenge of getting this Heat team out of a hole.
There were concerns around the Hurricanes batting depth this year, and those fears have been put to rest immediately. D’Arcy Short has struggled, but Colin Ingram has picked up the slack, scoring 145 runs at an average of 35.
Ingram has played the number three role perfectly showing his ability to score against both pace and spin at ease, whilst pacing his innings best to the situation of the game. Facing an out of form bowling attack on an excellent batting surface up at the Gabba, Ingram will be liking his chances to continue his stellar season.
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