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Heat vs Hurricanes Preview

09 January 2018

The Brisbane Heat will be looking to consolidate a position in the BBL's top four when the Hobart Hurricanes travel to the Gabba this Wednesday.

THE GAME
Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes
Wednesday January 10th, 6:40pm
The Gabba

TICKETS
The Heat are seeking a third successive Gabba sell-out. Head to the Ticketmaster website to secure yours! 

FORM
The Heat are coming off three successive wins to rocket into the BBL's top four and sit just above the Hurricanes who are in fifth, although Brisbane has played an extra game. 

After a slow start to the competition where they lost their first two, the Hurricanes have won their last three, including a crucial victory over the Sixers on Monday night. View the BBL ladder here.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

In the grand scheme of things, this game is absolutely crucial. A win for the Heat would solidify their top four credentials, while a loss would see the Hurricanes go level on eight points. A win for the home team would also keep their chances of a top-two finish and home semifinal alive.

STAT'S FANTASTIC
Brisbane Heat versus Hobart Hurricanes matches are always high scoring and entertaining affairs. The average innings scores between the teams is 185 and run-rate is 9.57, so we could be in store for another classic. 

SQUADS

Brisbane Heat
Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Alex Ross, Yasir Shah, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson

Hobart Hurricanes
George Bailey (C), Jofra Archer, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills, Nathan Reardon, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade

WATCH: Hovering Harts - Perth Win

 

KEY MATCH-UPS

Mark Steketee vs Darcy Short
Opening batsman Short has been one of the BBL's standout performers and is currently leading the run-scorers list. Paceman Steketee has been superb in the Heat's last two wins, including taking 3/28 in the club's last start win over Perth.

Joe Burns vs Jofra Archer
The Heat's in-form batsmen versus the Hurricanes' in-form bowlers. 

Mitchell Swepson vs Cameron Boyce
Two of the BBL's best local leg-spinners. Whoever can spin the best web for their teams will go a long way to bowling their team to victory.

IT'S A BIG NIGHT FOR..
Ben Cutting's 46 from 20 balls was a game-changer in the Heat's victory over Perth last week. The Gabba fans will be hoping to see another dose against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. 

WATCH: Ben Cutting Innings Highlights