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Badree Named In Semifinal Squad

24 January 2017

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The Brisbane Heat has included West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree in its squad for tomorrow night’s KFC Big Bash League semi-final against the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba.

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Badree is returning from a hamstring strain suffered against the Sixers at the start of the month, forcing him to miss four matches for the Heat.

The No.1 ranked T20I bowler has trained successfully in the past week and comes into the 13-man Heat squad in place of pace bowler Nick Buchanan.

Less than 4000 tickets remain for tomorrow night’s semi-final from the Ticketmaster website, the first time Brisbane has hosted a BBL final, and the Heat’s 50th BBL match.

The Heat have only beaten the Sixers once in six games, and are yet to beat the Sydney team at the Gabba, with its loss earlier in the month coming as the Sixers chased down 186 with two balls to spare after opener Daniel Hughes made 85.

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The Heat played the Sixers in the inaugural BBL match in 2011-12, with that first Brisbane line-up featuring current captain Brendon McCullum and Australian Cricket’s latest Hall of Fame induction Matthew Hayden.

The Sixers (BBL|01) and Heat (BBL|02) have each won a championship. The Heat will wrap up their preparations for the semi-final this afternoon, training at the Gabba between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

Tomorrow also features the second semi-final of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League between the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba. Gates open at 12.45pm.

The WBBL Brisbane Heat play their semi-final today against the Perth Scorchers in Perth.

All WBBL and BBL finals will be broadcast live on Network TEN.

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers BBL Semifinal Squad:
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

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