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Heat Set For Sixers

09 January 2021

The Brisbane Heat have maintained the same winning squad for tomorrow night’s return clash with the defending KFC Big Bash League champions Sydney Sixers at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The Heat completed three wins in a row on Thursday night when they defeated the Melbourne Stars under the DLS method in a rain-affected clash at Metricon Stadium, the first time they have won at the venue in three seasons.
 
The club moved into the top five with the win over the Stars, which also featured the return of captain Chris Lynn to the starting side after overcoming a hamstring strain.
 
Brisbane started their winning streak against the Sixers a week ago at the Gabba, with allrounders Lewis Gregory and Jack Wildermuth steering the home side to victory in the run chase.
 
Meanwhile the Heat will apply to the BBL Technical Committee to reinstate former South African international Morne Morkel into their squad as he nears his return to playing.
 
Morkel was initially replaced in the Heat squad by teenage spinner Jack Sinfield while the tall paceman was undergoing injury rehabilitation on the ankle that he had surgery on last year.
 
Morkel, who was forced into a period of quarantine over the New Year after being caught up in the Northern Beaches outbreak in Sydney, bowled at full pace today during training.
 
Heat coach Darren Lehmann said the medical and coaching staff had identified the January 14 game against the Melbourne Renegades next week as his likely return to playing.
 
“We’ll see how he goes over the next few sessions but it’s looking promising for next week,’’ he said.
 
“Morne has been working very hard to be right and we have been deliberately cautious with his preparations because we know he can fill a very important part of the squad for the remaining games.”
 
“He’s been brilliant with the rest of the bowling group while he has been returning and I know the young blokes have picked up some very handy insights as we have gone along.”
 
Lehmann said the Heat was planning for star Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to finish his playing stint in BBL|10 following his selection for the Afghan squad for the limited overs series against Ireland in Abu Dhabi later this month.
 
“It looks like the Renegades game will be the last one for Mujeeb,’’ he said.
 
“It’s been wonderful having him again and we believe his bowling has gone to a new level this summer.”
 
The mystery spinner claimed career best and club record figures of 5-15 against Hobart Hurricanes and has taken 12 wickets so far for the Heat, second only to paceman Mark Steketee who has claimed 15 dismissals so far.
 
The Heat will wait on leg-spinner Mitch Swepson to join the squad once he completes his commitments with the Australian Test squad.

KFC Big Bash League
Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat
Tomorrow, Metricon Stadium, 6.15pm (Qld time)
 
19. Xavier Bartlett
7. James Bazley
15. Joe Burns
17. Max Bryant
26. Tom Cooper
16. Joe Denly (Eng)
48. Lewis Gregory (Eng)
5. Sam Heazlett
30. Matthew Kuhnemann
55. Ben Laughlin
50. Chris Lynn (c)
8. Lachy Pfeffer
59. Jimmy Peirson
39. Simon Milenko
6. Mark Steketee
88. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afg)
24. Jack Wildermuth
45. Jack Wood