The Heat last season showed flashes of brilliance, but they where all too few and far between, which ultimately brought about an early end to their season.
With only a couple of fresh faces added to the best XI, the Heat’s hopes the improvement will come from within.
They travel a lot early, but in saying that they have a great SuperCoach draw, with three double-game rounds throughout the season, in rounds 1, 6 and 11.
Chris Lynn $202,000
One of the most damaging T20 batsmen in the world, his brute strength and crisp timing makes any stadium in Australia to small for him when he is going strong.
Last season his strike rate of 162.63 and batting average of 37 saw him average 52 points. Lynn has just been named as captain for the up-coming season, there has never been a bigger must-have for the Heat, especially with the double-game round first up.
Brendon McCullum $113,100
Last season Baz got a lot of starts in games but never actually went on with it, which saw him average only 41.8 pts last season, his worst return from his BBL career. Was this a sign of things to come? I think not.
He has now relinquished the captaincy, which suggests that he will be able to go out and just concentrate on his natural game and that is explosive and entertaining.
Looks a great selection through the Heat’s double-game rounds and depending on form could be a keeper as this New Zealand great enters the twilight of his career.
Max Bryant $42,000
This top order batsman has started the season in fine form, smashing the 237 runs at a strike rate of 145 in the JLT Cup for Queensland.
He is the rising star of Queensland cricket and will surely see plenty time in the Brisbane Heat line-up this summer.
Jimmy Peirson $68,500
Started last season opening the batting, but by the end he was relegated to the middle order after his output decreased. Played a couple of handy knocks in the middle order but that seems to be his place now.
He could be a sneaky selection for the Heat’s double-game round, but otherwise not relevant.
No Viable option as the Heat’s most expensive bowler is Josh Lalor at $141, 200, and I don’t believe he is even in the best XI.
Ben Cutting $130,500
The much maligned Ben Cutting has always looked like he’s ready to explode but just hasn’t become the player that everybody thought he could be.
That being said, he will still get every opportunity to bowl and bat in circumstances that represent high point scores. I definitely see him as a great option through the double-game rounds, but not as a keeper.
James Pattinson $62,500
Is currently one of the most purchased players heading into the season opener against the Strikers and with good reason, the talent that James has displayed through his injury-riddled career to date would see him selected in any BBL team when fit.
The Brisbane Heat would have been over the moon when they where able to land Patto’s signature – could he be the final piece of the Brisbane puzzle? He looks like a must-have for any BBL SuperCoach team.
Paul’s round one prediction (last updated on December 13):
1. Brendon McCullum
2. Max Bryant
3. Chris Lynn (capt)
4. Joe Burns
5. Jimmy Peirson (wk)
6. Marnus Labuschagne
7. Ben Cutting
8. James Pattinson
9. Mark Steketee
10. Mitchell Swepson
11. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
I’d consider Marnus as the floating player when circumstances are taken into play.