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Gabba Set To Welcome Back Heat

11 January 2022

With nine of our 12 COVID-affected players back from completing their mandatory period of isolation, it is time to get pumped as our boys in teal return to the Gabba to begin their fight to make finals.

THE GAME
Wednesday 12 January - 6.15pm AEST at the Gabba.

FORM
While the Heat have by far been the worst COVID-affected team in the competition, our stand-in squad of nine debutants have proven that the Brisbane Heat will fight to remain competitive no matter what the circumstances might be.

A disappointing loss at home to the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday meant we stayed put at fifth on the BBL ladder, with just four regular season matches left to play before finals.

Sam Heazlett (246 runs) and Ben Duckett (218 runs) remain our best with the bat, as Xavier Bartlett sits comfortably at 14th on the BBL11 wickets tally with 11 to his name.

A last-placed Strikers outfit have had a run of ignominious losses lately, all the while managing to maintain the majority of their original squad through the growing BBL COVID outbreak crisis.

The league wooden-spooner’s continue without two of their best batters, Travis Head and Alex Carey, and has it shown - the Strikers only managing two wins out of 10.

Ageless veteran Peter Siddle has a massive 18 scalps to his name and is in the form of his career, as the Afghani-wunderkind Rashid Khan holds 14.

LAST TIME THEY MET
We found some form in Adelaide after Ben Duckett fired with the bat and put our BBL11 campaign back on track.

The English import brought up a massive 78 runs off just 47 balls, the knock featured 10 boundaries as Ducky cleared the rope and put two into the busy Adelaide Oval stands.

Sam Heazlett fell agonisingly short of his half century, but some handy runs from the Heat’s middle order allowed us to post a strong 208 total.

Matt Kuhnemann took a brilliant 3-47 off his four while Mark Steketee (3-27) and James Bazley (2-27) cleaned up the Strikers lower order and had the hosts slumped to 8-169 at 20 overs, falling short by 39 runs.