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Heat Set For Hurricanes

08 January 2022

The Brisbane Heat will bring their new-look squad back to familiar territory at the Gabba tonight to kick-off First Nations Round in the KFC Big Bash League.

The Heat will take to their field in their Indigenous playing strip tonight for the clash with the Hobart Hurricanes from 7.30pm, acknowledging the traditional lands of the Yugara people at the Gabba.

The Heat will wear the strip again for Wednesday night’s Gabba game against the Adelaide Strikers, before auctioning the unique shirts to raise money for the Queensland Cricket Foundation.

The Indigenous design for the Heat playing strips is the result of a collaboration between Heat WBBL player Mikayla Hinkley and Brisbane Indigenous artist, Delores McDonald (“Aunty Delly”).

The Heat have named a squad of 13 for tonight’s game, with Queensland Bulls and Australia ‘A’ batsman Bryce Street and Wests left-arm spinner Paddy Dooley a chance to make their BBL: debuts if chosen to start or if subbed into the match as the X-Factor player.

Dooley, who was on holidays in Melbourne when called into the squad this week, is the older brother of WBBL player Josie Dooley, a former WBBL Heat player.

Pakistan international Fakhar Zaman will miss the match due to State Government travel restrictions as he is not able to travel into Queensland from Melbourne as he has not been in the country for 14 days yet. He will re-join the team for the next Melbourne match.

Brisbane is without 12 players and coach Wade Seccombe who are currently isolating for seven days after returning positive PCR tests for COVID-19.

Please note – playing numbers have changed for the following players due to the changeover to the Indigenous playing strip for the First Nations Round commencing tonight.

Steve McGiffin – was 99, will be 12 tonight

Lachy Pfeffer was 33, will be 21 tonight

Jack Wood was 45, will be 77 tonight



Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes

Gabba, 7.30pm Tonight

26. Tom Cooper (c)

84. Jack Clayton

38. Paddy Dooley

22. David Grant

5. Sam Heazlett

13. Jake Lehmann

78. Ronan McDonald

12. Steve McGiffin

21. Lachlan Pfeffer (wk)

8. Will Prestwidge

24. Bryce Street

88. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (int)

77. Jack Wood


As part of the BBL’s signature round, all teams will wear First Nations Round themed uniforms designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, each with their own unique stories connected to the traditional lands of each club.

At matches throughout the First Nations Round, the League and Clubs will also showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and ceremonies.

Along with the barefoot circle, Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, an immersive experience for attendees at matches will be created including incorporation of local languages and traditions throughout the match days.

The Heat will run a First Nations version of the popular StreetSmarts Innings Break Show at the Gabba to night to celebrate first nations art and music.

The light and sound show will include music tracks by First Nations artists including The Kid LAROI, Jessica Mauboy, Thelma Plum, Yothu Yindi and Baker Boy as well big screen and LED animation and lighting projection featuring artwork created by Brisbane Indigenous artist, Delores McDonald (“Aunty Delly”).


The stories behind the Heat’s Indigenous jersey design:

·       Front: flames of Heat logo, Gabba circle with players sitting, circle represents harmony and unity, bringing players and fans together.

·       Back: Brisbane River with its abundance of foods, plus animal and human tracks. Rainbow serpent/snake represents both male and female. Circle represents Gabba, plus roads travelled to and from it by teams.

·       Sleeve: Centre circle is Gabba, alongside other water holes which used to be near the ground. 87 black strokes on red earth represent the wickets taken by Aboriginal great, Eddie Gilbert (23 games for Qld).