Stuck in the bottom-half of the Big Bash League standings, Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers will look to reboot their season on New Year’s Day when they meet at Metricon Stadium.
The Heat started with losses to Sydney Thunder (29 runs) and Melbourne Stars (22 runs), before picking up their first win of the season against Sydney Sixers (48 runs).
The Scorchers lost to the Sixers (eight wickets), won against Melbourne Renegades (11 runs), before falling to losses against Adelaide Strikers (15 runs) and the Sixers (48 runs).
The Heat have been taking the heat for a lack of runs from their batsmen. Matt Renshaw (125 runs, SR 134.40) leads their batting charts, while Chris Lynn (109 runs, SR 205.66, 12×6) is now shaping up well.
Mitch Swepson (five wickets) has been called to the national squad and will be missed. Ben Laughlin (ER 9.09) is yet to hit his straps, which should be a worry for the Heat but Zahir Khan (two wickets, ER 6.66) has shown some promise.
The Scorchers have been banking on Liam Livingstone (100 runs, SR 188.67) and Mitchell Marsh (119 runs, SR 143.37) for their runs. With Josh Inglis also picking up form, the visitors will hope the loss of Cameron Bancroft’s form won’t hit them hard.
Chris Jordan (seven wickets, ER 8.00) remains the Scorchers’ best bet with the ball, although Fawad Ahmed (four wickets, ER 7.87) is performing well for the Scorchers.
Both the Heat and Scorchers have been struggling for results this season. Only a winless Melbourne Renegades have been having a worse time of things and that tells a lot about these two sides. A win could kickstart the campaign, but it is anybody’s guess who will come out on top. Considering the Heat won their most recent match, they have a slight edge leading into this match.
History & Statistics
- The Brisbane Heat have won their last three H2Hs.
- The Brisbane Heat have scored the highest first 6 overs in each of their three matches this season.
- Brisbane have won only 13 of their 39 matches played at home.
- Scorchers have won both the matches they played at neutral venues.
- Scorchers have won nearly two-thirds of their matches when they won the toss (33 wins out of 51).
Lynn hasn’t really fired for the Heat, and that had been a key problem. However, an innings of 94 in their last match against the Sydney Sixers showed that the swashbuckler could just be warming up.
Livingstone has a big reputation to live up to, but is yet to his stride in this edition. If he can find his form, Livingstone could be the difference in this match.