The Perth Scorchers will be out to avenge last Thursday’s heavy loss to KFC Big Bash League leaders Brisbane Heat in the reverse fixture at the Gabba on Wednesday night.
The Heat came out on top in last week’s top-of-the-table clash but this contest is flipped on its head by the unavailability of in-form duo Chris Lynn and Mitch Marsh for either side after ODI call-ups.
Adam Voges (hamstring) and James Muirhead (thumb) are also out for the Scorchers, while the Heat welcome English left-armer Tymal Mills to replace injured West Indian spinner Samuel Badree (hamstring).
English bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan is in line for his Scorchers debut with countryman David Willey out with national duty in India.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Scorchers maintain a 4-3 record against the Heat despite last Thursday’s nine-wicket mauling at #TheFurnace. Brisbane’s fondest memory came against the Scorchers when they won the BBL|02 title at #TheFurnace. The last time these two faced off at the Gabba was early in BBL|03.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Last Thursday’s heavy defeat is fresh in the mind, with Chris Lynn (98no from 49 balls) and Brendon McCullum (50no from 31) bludgeoning the attack to chase down Perth’s 6-173 inside 15 overs. Lynn, along with Mitch Marsh who made 70 on Thursday, is unavailable for the reverse fixture.
One half of the Bash brothers may be out, but the other half looms large in the form of explosive McCullum. The explosive Kiwi batsman’s half-century from 31 balls on Thursday was overshadowed by Lynn’s knock. He’s scored 198 runs this series at an average of 49.5 but most worryingly, with a strike rate of 176.78.
The Scorchers’ English import Ian Bell has been a consistent figure throughout BBL|06, with 160 runs so far at an average of 32. He got a tough decision in last Thursday’s loss to the Heat and will be keen to atone. With Mitch Marsh out, his steadying influence will be important.
There’s no former Scorchers or current Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors in the Heat squad.
Shane Warne has trumped spinner Mitch Swepson all season and it’s not hard to see why. The tweaker has the equal fourth most wickets in BBL|06, with seven scalps at 22.71. Swepson’s economy rate of 8.83 isn’t the best, but he’s a wicket taker, in particular trapping batsmen LBW.
Hilton Cartwright is back in the fold after making his Test debut and will be on a high. The all-rounder could replace the in-form Mitch Marsh in the side and while that’s a tough act to follow, his ability to hit the ball hard and pick up the odd wicket means he’ll be more than useful.
Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers
KFC Big Bash League
Wednesday 11 January 2017, 4:40pm WST
Broadcast: Network TEN & Macquarie Radio Network | Live Scores: Cricket.com.au
Brisbane Heat squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Xavier Bartlett, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Tymal Mills, Jimmy Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.
Perth Scorchers squad: Michael Klinger (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman.