Brisbane Heat preview

 

BEST XI

 

Joe Burns ($50,900/85k)

Jimmy Peirson ($32,000/40k)

Peter Forrest ($36,200/70k)

Chris Lynn ($78,700/70k)

Dan Christian ($96,300/85k)

Nathan Reardon ($59,600/85k)

Ben Cutting ($92,500/85k)

James Hopes ($90,700/70k)

Daniel Vettori ($79,700/85k)

Alistair McDermott ($48,500/70k)

Samuel Badree ($72,500/85k)

 

– Interesting lineup in the sense that they have ample middle-order options but not much in the way of established top order batsmen. Jimmy Peirson is a talent but opening the batting would be a big ask given his inexperience. Hopes is one other option up their sleeve.

– Forrest is listed above at 3 but could slide as low as 8 depending on circumstances.

– McDermott and Gannon appear to be in a battle for the final bowling position. Both are effective bowlers at the death. Gannon showed last year how many wickets are up for grabs if you perform the role well.

– Given the lack of noted death bowlers in the lineup, we could see Hopes and/or Christian bowling late in the innings.

 

REMAINING SQUAD

International: Andrew Flintoff

Test: Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris

Batsmen: Nil

All-Rounders: Simon Milenko

Bowlers: Cameron Gannon, Mark Steketee, Peter George, Ryan Duffield, Nick Buchanan

 

INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY

– Don’t expect to see much of Johnson, Watson or Harris. They’ve all got heavy workloads and are unlikely to be released by CA in between tests or before the ODI’s. Harris is an outside chance of being available late in the tournament if he’s fit and not selected for the ODI’s.

– Flintoff will replace Badree midway through the tournament, most likely after the Heat’s 2nd game of Round 4.

 

FIXTURE ANALYSIS

Byes: Round 2, Round 8

Doubles: Round 4, Round 7

Load up on Heat players after their first bye.

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