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Heat vs Sixers Semi Final Preview

24 January 2017

The Brisbane Heat will host the Sydney Sixers in a blockbuster Semi-Final at the Gabba on Wednesday night.

WATCH: Game Day Action! 

KFC BIG BASH LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers - Wednesday January 25th, 6:40pm at the Gabba.

QLD viewers - live on ONE from 6:30pm then Channel TEN from 7:30pm. 

Tickets are selling quickly through Ticketmaster!

HISTORY
This is first time that the Heat have hosted a BBL Semi-Final and just the second time we have reached the top four in the tournament’s history.

SQUADS:
In a big boost for the Heat, star leg-spinner Samuel Badree has been named to make his return from a hamstring injury in the only change to the 13-man squad. 

Brisbane Heat: 
Brendon McCullum (c), Samuel Badree, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth

BBL PREVIEW
Having finished the season in second position, the Heat will host the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night at the Gabba who recorded a memorable win over Melbourne Stars in the competition’s final game to secure a finals berth. The Sixers win meant they leapfrogged the Stars, while also gifting the Heat a home semi. 

WATCH: Mitch Swepson - Journey to Test Squad

HOW WE GOT THERE
Both the Heat and Sixers recorded five wins and three losses during the BBL regular season, however Brisbane finished above due to a superior Net Run Rate. 

LAST START 
The Heat had the opportunity to secure top spot on the BBL ladder when we hosted the Melbourne Renegades on Friday night, however an agonising 1-run loss took fate out of our hands. 

WATCH: Final Over Madness

HEAD TO HEAD
The Sixers hold the wood over the Heat in our head-to-head battles, holding a 5-1 advantage. They also beat us by 3-wickets in our BBL|06 regular season match.

HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE
The Heat have actually performed better on the road than at home in BBL|06 where we have won just once from four games at the Gabba. The Sixers have 50% winning away from home this season, however will take confidence from the fact that took home the chocolates during their last outing in Brisbane.

KEY MATCH-UPS

Brendon McCullum vs Sean Abbott
McCullum demonstrated his ability to dominate a bowling attack against the Renegades on Friday, smashing the equal fastest BBL half century from just 18-balls. Abbott is leading the BBL|06 wicket count and will be tasked with limiting the Heat’s skipper’s damage at the top of the order.

WATCH: Brendon McCullum's 18-ball 50!

Mark Steketee vs Daniel Hughes
Hughes hit a match-winning 85 the last time we met and is also the Sixers’ leading run-scorer in BBL|06. Steketee has enjoyed a breakout campaign with 13 wickets and looks likely to take the new ball again. If he can knock over Hughes early, it could go a long way to restricting the visitor’s total.

WATCH: Super Steketee makes a stunning start

KEY PLAYERS
While the Bash Brothers have been making headlines, Joe Burns has been performing admirably in his middle order role, scoring 179 runs at an average of 59.66 and strike rate of 133. Burns hit us to victory against the Melbourne Stars to secure a finals berth, whilst almost doing the same against the Renegades.

Samuel Badree is a strong chance of returning against the Sixers, meaning the ‘Spin Twins’ of Badree and Mitch Swepson will be reunited. The leg-spinning duo have been miserly for the Heat, going at just 6.12 and 7.47 runs per over respectively. 

WATCH: Swepson On Hattrick!

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