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January 1, 2020
Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers
Venue: Metricon Stadium | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)
Brisbane Heat – The Heat finally found their groove – and their first win this season – in last week’s win over the Sixers. Inspired by the incredible hitting of skipper Chris Lynn, they finally delivered on their big-hitting promise to post a season-high 209/4. A nine-day break after that win, then, has come at the worst possible time. After a busy early-season schedule, any momentum they gathered from the SCG win has somewhat been halted by the long period away from the middle. At the very least, Darren Lehmann’s side come into 2020 rested and eager to make their first finals series in three years.
Dynamic Englishman Tom Banton returns for this New Year’s Day clash after missing the previous game with a virus. With 80 runs in his opening two BBL clashes at an incredible strike-rate of 186, his presence at the top of the order is a potentially match-winning one. Including this clash, Banton will play five more Big Bash games before AB de Villiers arrives for his much-awaited first game on January 14.
In other selection news, the Heat go into this clash without Mitch Swepson who has been added to the Australian team for the third test against New Zealand.
Perth Scorchers – At 1-3, the Scorchers are already under the pump in BBL09. The boys in orange made the finals all seven initial seasons of the Big Bash, but after finishing with the wooden spoon last season, they can’t seem to arrest their current slide. They’ve never looked their dominant best since departure of coach Justin Langer two seasons ago, and Adam Voges has struggled since taking over. Further, the loss of experienced players such as Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile has hurt. To rub salt into the wound, injuries to key quicks AJ Tye and Jason Behrendorff has compounded the issues in the west (pleasingly for the Scorchers, death-bowling specialist Tye should be back in the coming weeks).
But the time for excuses is over, and Mitch Marsh’s side need a win here or the prospect of another season outside the finals race looms. One player they need much more from is Ashton Agar. After a brilliant start to the summer for Australia in the T20 internationals against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Agar has taken just two wickets in four games and is going at over 10.5 runs an over. Further, he has scored just 16 runs in four innings – nowhere near the output required by a number seven. Agar is a match-winning player given his all-round ability, and a shift in his form may just see a change in the Scorchers’ fortune.
Betting Analysis – The Metricon surface has proven to be fairly batter-friendly thus far in BBL09, with the side batting first posting 167 and 174 respectively in the two games there. And given the Heat and Scorchers arguably boast the biggest hitting power in the competition, we could be in for a high-scoring affair. Look for Tom Banton to go big for the home side after he blasted 64 off 36 in the Heat’s last encounter at Metricon. No Heat player in this clash has taken over three wickets thus far this season and a standout wicket taking option is tough, but if pushed look for Ben Laughlin to pick up wickets late. For the Scorchers, Liam Livingstone remains a solid top runscorer bet at the top of the order while fellow Englishman Chris Jordan, like Laughlin, is always dangerous late as batsmen look to press on.
Head to Head: Brisbane Heat
Top Runs Scorer – Brisbane Heat: Tom Banton
Most Wickets – Brisbane Heat: Ben Laughlin
Top Runs Scorer – Perth Scorchers: Liam Livingstone
Most Wickets – Perth Scorchers: Chris Jordan