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COVID-hit Heat Remain Resolute Ahead of Renegades Clash

06 January 2022

A threadbare Heat outfit are looking towards fringe state players to round out their playing XI to help take on Nic Maddinson’s Melbourne Renegades tonight in Geelong.

Thursday 6 January - 5.05pm AEST at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong.

A tumultuous few days of limbo in the Gold Coast has seen twelve of our extended squad fall ill with COVID-19, and our game against the Sydney Sixers officially postponed until a later date.

Our squad for tonight’s clash will feature a mass of debutants from premier grade cricket across Australia. Pakistani Interntional Fakhar Zaman will make his Brisbane Heat debut after completing his mandatory quarantine and will be a much-needed addition to the squad.

While Nic Maddinson’s Melbourne Renegades have been labelled the ‘cellar dwellers’ by fans, a much-needed Melbourne derby win against the Stars proved that the ‘Gades inexperienced side may not be out of contention just yet.

The ‘Gades outfit have lost five from eight, having only won two and there being a no-result after the match was abandoned against the Sydney Sixers in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Their win against the Stars moved them up to sixth on the ladder and are just three points shy of us. Youngster Mackenzie Harvey is currently their best with the bat by a margin, as he sits fourteenth on the runs count capping a healthy 214 runs so far. BBL veteran Kane Richardson is tied seventh on the wickets total, with 12 to his name.

It was our first win of the season when we last came up against the Red. A clinical bowling display from James Bazley and explosive knocks from the in-form Sam Heazlett and Chris Lynn saw us cruise to a five-wicket win against the home team.

Tom Cooper v Kane Richardson

Cooper joined the Brisbane Heat in BBL10 after playing 71 games for the Melbourne Renegades. During his time in Red, Tom took on a captaincy, was a key member of their BBL08 premiership team and left the club as their most capped player. Cooper currently holds the title of highest batting strike rate in BBL11, sitting at 205.

Another veteran of the competition, ‘Richo’ has taken a massive 110 wickets in 84 matches and played a key role alongside Cooper in ensuring the ‘Gades lifted the premiership trophy in BBL08. Richardson currently has 12 scalps to his name in BBL11 and sits tied seventh on the wickets tally.

As well as playing for the ‘Gades and Strikers together, the two currently play for the South Australia Redbacks in the Sheffield Shield.