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January 9, 2020

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes

Venue: Gabba | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)

Brisbane Heat – It’s tough to find new superlatives for the Heat’s batting in their win on Monday night against the Thunder. Outrageous, destructive, incredible? Let’s go with that. In posting 4/119 off just 8 overs, Chris Lynn’s side easily accounted for Shane Bond’s side in a rain-reduced match. It was their third win in four games and after the Thunder went down to the Stars on Wednesday night, has seen them scrape into the top four. It’s a huge turnaround after just a fortnight ago Lynn was compelled to apologise to fans for their poor performances.

There’s big team news coming out of Brisbane ahead of this clash. Test opener Joe Burns returns in a boost for the top order, while fellow Aussie test player James Pattinson will be available for the weekend clash in Perth. It’s unclear who Burns could come in for (provided he is picked), but Max Bryant seems the likely candidate. The youngster has scored just 101 runs in 6 innings this BBL season, and could make way.

The world’s second-ranked T20 bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman lands in Brisbane next week, and will replace countryman Tahir Khan. And to put the cherry on top, in less than a week (Jan 14), the BBL’s biggest ever signing in AB de Villiers will make his debut for the Heat. All of a sudden, things are looking up for Darren Lehmann’s side.

Hobart Hurricanes – In devastating news for the Canes, leading quick Riley Meredith has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a side strain. Given they’re already missing key all-rounder James Faulkner with a calf injury and will soon lose D’Arcy Short on Australian duty, things have all of a sudden become difficult for the men in purple. On a more positive note, Matthew Wade returns for this clash to replace Short at the top of the order. Further, he’ll immediately take the captaincy reins off Ben McDermott who will keep the gloves despite Wade’s return.

The loss of Meredith, though, will be tough to cover. The tall quick has not only taken the most BBL09 wickets to date for the Hurricanes (10), but also boasts the best economy rate (6.68 runs an over) in the side – no mean feat given he often bowls both in the power play and at the death. David Moody replaces Meredith in the squad, although he has played just five Big Bash games. As such, the Canes will need a lot from raw quick Nathan Ellis and the experienced Scott Boland.

Betting Analysis – Oddly, this is just the second game of BBL09 at The Gabba after it hosted the season opener. The venue, of course, almost always sports a batting-friendly deck and given the form of Lynn and Banton – against a Meredith-less attack – the Hurricanes have reason to fear a 200-plus total should the home side bat first. Speaking of the Heat skipper, he’s very hard to look past when punting on top runscorer markets at the moment. With the ball, Ben Laughlin remains a safe option. For the Hurricanes, Ben McDermott has hit form after a patchy start to the season and without the burden of captaincy is a shrewd top runscorer option. With the ball, given spinners can at times be mauled at the Gabba, look for some value in Boland stepping up for the Canes in the absence of Meredith.

Head to Head: Brisbane Heat
Top Runs Scorer – Brisbane Heat: Chris Lynn
Most Wickets – Brisbane Heat: Ben Laughlin
Top Runs Scorer – Hobart Hurricanes: Ben McDermott
Most Wickets – Hobart Hurricanes: Scott Boland