Monday 6 January – 6.10pm (Qld time) at Spotless Stadium
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The Heat were emphatic in their bounceback against the Hurricanes, posting the club’s highest score as they batted first. The Thunder lost narrowly to the Melbourne Stars in Sydney.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Game one of the competition at the Gabba, with the Sydney Thunder spinners curtailing Brisbane’s batting power after experienced hand Callum Ferguson had batted through their innings to post a score in excess of 160. The Heat’s run chase petered out as the likes of Jono Cook, Chris Green and Arjun Nair spun the visitors to the win.
FORM AT SPOTLESS STADIUM
Brisbane won a rain-affected clash there last year and have generally had a sound record at the venue. The Thunder have a relatively settled squad and will rely again on the big batting three of Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Ferguson, and pacemen Daniel Sams and Chris Morris as well as their three-pronged spin attack.
Ben Laughlin v Callum Ferguson
Two of the BBL’s most experienced players and each will be vital to their team’s respective chances. Laughlin has moved past 100 wickets in the BBL, the first player to do so, while Ferguson is among the all-time leading runs-scorers. Laughlin is the Heat’s trouble-shooter with the ball and he will surely thrown into the fray against Ferguson, whose ability to accelerate his scoring was evident at the Gabba.
Chris Morris v Ben Cutting
The Thunder’s South African international is a composed death bowler while Ben Cutting’s ability to find the boundary late in an innings is an increasingly important element for the Heat. Both have played against each other on the T20 circuit and will be wary of their respective strengths – the one who emerges on top could provide a decisive edge.
IT'S A BIG NIGHT FOR
Mitch Swepson. The leggie bowled beautifully to take 2-11 at the Gabba in the opening game. With fellow wrist spinner Zahir Khan growing in confidence, Swepson can take the game by its throat if he can bring some of the bubble from his SCG Test experience down the motorway to western Sydney.