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BBL09: Heat vs Hurricanes Preview

07 January 2020

Two wins on the road for the Heat have given them a sniff of the top half of the ladder – can they pour on the power at home now to give them a great launchpad ahead of the arrival of AB de Villiers?

THE GAME:
Thursday 9 January – 6.10pm (Qld time) at The Gabba

TICKETS
Tickets are selling quickly through Ticketek to experience the great family match-day entertainment in person. And if you can’t get to the Gabba, watch all the action live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket or stream online with a Kayo subscription.

FORM
Two wins in quick succession for Brisbane - against the Hurricanes in Hobart and then the rain-affected slug-out against the Thunder. Hobart bounced back from the loss to Brisbane to beat the Perth Scorchers on Sunday but have suffered some injuries and squad changes since. 

LAST TIME THEY MET
Boom! Brisbane went big at Blundstone Arena, hitting the club’s highest score in the BBL and third highest of all time. The Hurricanes produced a brave showing but fell 31 runs short to lift Brisbane away from the lower reaches of the table.

FORM AT THE GABBA
The Heat love batting at the Gabba. Unfortunately, so do the majority of other BBL teams too. But Brisbane are due to hit their straps in front of their home crowd. Worth remembering that the Heat and Hurricanes have played some enthralling games in the past, with last ball victories or losses for both clubs.

KEY PLAYERS

Josh Lalor v Matthew Wade
The Heat’s experienced left-armer usually takes on the opposition’s hard-charging batsmen from the short end at the Gabba, and musters all of his skill to beat them at their own game. Matt Wade will be a massive inclusion for the Hurricanes, which will miss last start century-maker D’Arcy Short on Australia ODI duty.

Tom Banton v Scott Boland
Tom Banton was the name on everyone’s lips after his smashing night out in the rain-affected game against the Thunder, with his 55 from 16 balls the second fastest BBL half century of all time. With just two more games to go before AB de Villiers arrives, the young English opener will be vital again for the Heat. The crafty Boland has plenty of weapons in his armoury and will be a key bowler for the Hurricanes which have lost allrounder James Faulkner and paceman Riley Meredith to injury.

IT'S A BIG NIGHT FOR..
Joe Burns. The Test player is back into white ball mode after Australia’s golden summer, and while he may have scant time to change-over, Burns will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to transition to T20 in the near future.