The Brisbane Heat are entering this up coming season with a changing of the guard, no longer is the wily veteran James Hopes in charge on field as he has retired, instead they welcome Brendon McCullum to the fore to hopefully lead the Heat back to some glory.
PLAYERS TO LOCK 🔒
Brendon McCullum $75,000 [BAT]
As mentioned above has taken the reigns of the Heat, and if his international career is anything to go by, expect big things to come. Over his his career McCullum never took a backward step. His IPL debut netted him 158 off 73 balls and he scored a Test hundred off 54 balls, he is an attacking weapon and comes at the great price of $75k. Obviously he is guaranteed to play every game as he is completely retired from international cricket.
Chris Lynn $91,500 [BAT]
Lynn is in the same vein as Brendon McCullum: an explosive batsman who only needs 20-30 balls to take a game right away from the opposition. Let’s be honest, who can forget the Ben Hilfenhaus over last year when Chris took him for five 6s in the over? It helped earn him the “Player of the Tournament” last year, and now he is priced at a healthy $91.5k.
PLAYERS TO LOOK AT 👁
Alex Ross $42,500 [BAT]
Ross has come up to the Heat from Adelaide last season where he probably didn’t get the opportunities he felt he deserved. You would have to think that he is part of their starting 11 or there would be no reason to bring him up to Brisbane. He is at a great price at $42k and if named in the top four, lock him in.
Samuel Badree $67,200 [BOWL]
With the new points system which allows one point per dot ball, Badree all of a sudden has a lot more appeal as he is a great containment bowler that can also take wickets regularly. His pricetag of $67k is very reasonable, especially for one of the Heat’s international signings. He has to be in your calculations.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE 🚷
I’m just going to group up the Brisbane Heat bowlers here (with the exception of Badree). Over the last couple of seasons, the Heat have found taking wickets a hard task and with no inclusions of note in this area it doesn’t look to be changing. The Heat will be very much reliant on their batting line up again this season.