Heat building under Brisbane in Big Bash
The Brisbane Heat is in danger of again being left out in the cold by the halfway mark of the BBL.
While the side has only played two games, it has lost both of them, leaving it anchored to the bottom of the table, and must capitalise on meeting an understrength Perth Scorchers outfit at the WACA tonight.
The Heat has been a notoriously slow starter in the Twenty20 domestic competition. It took it five games to get off the mark in the first edition in 2011-12, and has been struggling at 1-3 in each of the past three seasons. The Heat did manage to recover to win the title in 2012-13, but finished last in 2014-15.
Needing to do more, middle-order maestros Chris Lynn and Peter Forrest have left for Perth on a bad note after failing in the 20-run loss to the Hobart Hurricanes, scoring three runs between them.
As the world's No.2-ranked T20 bowler, West Indian spinner Samuel Badree will also want to make a bigger impact after producing figures of 0/37 and 0/20.
The leggie is in danger of being shown up by evergreen Scorchers spinner Brad Hogg, though earlier this week he may have provided the Heat batsmen with a tip to picking his wrong'un - watch his tongue as he prepares to bowl.
The Scorchers beat the Heat by eight wickets at the WACA last time they met, but the hosts will be without several Test players, including the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitch, and Adam Voges, leaving them weakened in the batting department.
They will also be without injured all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile (shoulder), but will hope to welcome back strike bowler Jason Behrendorff after he missed their opener with back soreness.
LADDER: Sixers 4, Thunder 4, Strikers 4, Renegades 2, Hurricanes 2, Scorchers 0*, Stars 0, Heat 0. * Played once.