The Heat have brought in a few big names this season in their hope of returning to their championship form of BBL|02 and to get off the bottom of the table. The Heat have brought in West Indian spin sensation Samuel Badree who was slated to play last year but a shoulder injury got in the way of that. For their other international signing they have got fellow West Indian Lendl Simmons who replaces New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. The Heat also have managed to snag Renegades pair Alex Doolan and Andrew Fekete along with Josh Lalor and Luke Feldman.
PLAYERS TO PICK
Chris Lynn – $70,100
Despite missing the whole Matador Cup and all of the Sheffield Shield so far you can’t afford to ignore Chris Lynn in BBL|05. Lynn is the Heat’s main batsman and he will be expected to score a large majority of their runs. Lynn has also been a consistently good BBL Fantasy player and he looks raring to go for his return to cricket.
Samuel Badree – $92,200
The star West Indian leg-spinner is finally here in the BBL and playing for the Heat after injury ruined his opportunity to play last year. Badree averages an amazing 18.42 at T20 level at a tight economy rate of 5.25. He is also ranked #2 in the ICC T20 bowling rankings and he looks set to star for the Heat this season.
Mark Steketee – $31,770
The young Queensland quick has been impressive at domestic level this season bagging 11 wickets at 15.81 in the Matador Cup and 12 wickets at 38.41 in the Sheffield Shield so far. He will likely slot in to the Heat’s lower order and at this price he is worth a spot in your side.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Alex Doolan – $30,000
The former Renegades batsman has made the switch to the Heat in an effort to get more playing time at BBL level. Doolan has a poor T20 average of 11.46 and hasn’t done very well at domestic level this season. But he is worth watching considering his price but be wary before picking him.
Ben Cutting – $68,600
Cutting had a poor BBL|05 in a season where his bowling was taken apart by opposition batsmen which shattered his confidence with the ball. He did do well in the Heat’s middle order with the bat though where on a few occasions he came in late and made some nice cameos. At this in between premium and bargain price it’s hard to pick him but he is worth watching.
Andrew Fekete – $30,000
Fekete is another new Heat player who jumped ship from the Renegades also in hope of getting more game time after being stuck behind Siddle, Pattinson and Rimmington at the ‘Gades’. It will be interesting to see if Fekete gets game time at the Heat and if he finally manages to convert his Sheffield Shield form to the shorter forms of the game.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Joe Burns – $30,000
Do not be fooled by the cheap price Burns costs. He will miss most of the tournament playing in the Test series against the Windies and may also be given a shot in the T20 and ODI squads.