Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum says the future is bright for his team.
Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum says the future is bright for his team. DAVE HUNT

McCullum confident of success for Heat in Big Bash No.7

CRICKET: Brisbane Heat skipper Brendon McCullum will be back for Big Bash League 07 confident the team can go on to bigger and better things in the next tournament.

The Heat agonisingly lost in a super over against the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night at a sold-out Gabba to miss out on a final against the Scorchers in Perth tomorrow night.

But McCullum, who starred with the bat for his team, said there was plenty to look forward to next time round.

"We're a team that doesn't mind having a go," the former New Zealand captain said.

"We're not scarred by too much experience as can be the case.

"We've been attacking with the bat, tried to take wickets with the ball, and be disciplined in the field - that's the basis of a good cricket team."

McCullum praised the performances of young Queenslanders Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth in the semi loss and said players such as those would ensure a bright future for the Heat.

"For young guys to step up in a finals situation when we're behind the eight-ball for a significant part of the game is a good sign of kids maturing quickly," he said.

The Heat skipper says the club has taken "strong steps forward" despite Super Over semi-final loss, praising a couple of young Queenslanders

Brendon McCullum believes the performances of Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth in Wednesday's KFC Big Bash League semi-final loss shows the season has been a turning point for the Brisbane Heat.

With his team in trouble batting first, Wildermuth struck a 16-ball 29 that included two fours and two sixes to help it reach a competitive total.

Steketee, whose 15 BBL wickets put him second only to the Sixers' Sean Abbott (20), then stepped up with the ball.

He claimed the key wickets of Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes with the visitors cruising home to get his side back in the game and evetually force a super over.

The Heat was not expected to do much this season and looked to have lost all momentum when it lost top-scoring big-hitter Chris Lynn to international duty and then to a neck injury.

But with McCullum to the fore both as a batsman and a skipper the franchises recovered to win two of its last three regular season games, and the Kiwi believes this is only just the beginning.

News Corp Australia


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