After winning the title in Big Bash League’s second edition, Brisbane Heat’s fortunes have nosedived over the next two years. Can the this new-look Brisbane Heat squad for the BBL05 under new coach Daniel Vettori get them out of the mire?
In one of the biggest signings of the competition, Brendon McCullum has decided to join the Brisbane Heat on a three-year contract. McCullum will play under coach Daniel Vettori, a player who had captained him earlier and then played under him as well, however, in latest news, he has opted out of this season which leaves the Heat short on firepower.
In his place, West Indies opening batsman Lendl Simmons has been added to the Heat squad.
The presence of Darren Lehmann has their coach in the second season helped them overcome a poor start to first make it to the semi-finals before going on to win the title and qualify for the Champions League t20. Unfortunately for them, they haven’t been able to replicate their form after that, falling to the fifth spot in BBL03 and then finishing last in the 2014-15 season.
The question now is if this Brisbane Heat squad can turn their fortunes around going into the fifth edition, with a line-up that that doesn’t have a lot of big-ticket players but one that has a futuristic look about it.
In Joe Burns and Chris Lynn they have two batsmen who are the future of Australian cricket while Ben Cutting can lend a decent all-round hand in the fag end of the innings. It’s their pace bowling stocks that the Heat need to look at closely, what with just Mark Steketee and Andrew Fekete leading their fast bowlers so far.
Interestingly, Fekete was one of the better bowlers in the Sheffield Shield last season, and did enough to earn himself a Test call-up for the series against Bangladesh.
Josh Lalor has also been signed up by the Heat.
Rest assured, there will be a couple more of them signed up for the season.
The biggest signing in the Brisbane Heat squad so far has been that of Samuel Badree. Badree might not play too many internationals for the West Indies but he’s one of the best bowlers in T20 cricket right now.
In 22 Twenty20 Internationals, Badree has picked up 31 wickets but more vitally he has an economy-rate of 5.39. Almost mind-boggling that.
His Twenty20 economy, which includes the domestic matches in that format, is 5.08. He could be tested on the Australian pitches which aren’t receptive to spin, but will be interesting to see how he goes.
Daniel Vettori has been appointed the coach of the side, which should lift the Heat as well given his experience as an international cricketer and captain. Brisbane could be the team to watch this season.
We will update you with the latest Brisbane Heat signings once more information is available.
Here’s the latest Brisbane Heat squad for BBL05:
Samuel Badree (overseas player)
Lendl Simmons (overseas player)
Coach: Daniel Vettori (Shane Bond joins in as the bowling coach)