PATIENCE: Mark Steketee at Brisbane Heat training.
PATIENCE: Mark Steketee at Brisbane Heat training. Contributed

Unlucky all-rounder misses out on Big Bash

MARK Steketee will have to wait for future Big Bash League games to make his debut for the Brisbane Heat.

He travelled to Melbourne in a 13-man squad for last night's game against the Renegades but was left out of the final 12. Chris Sabburg was 12th man.

Being one of the four fast bowlers in the squad indicates he has impressed state coach Stuart Law with his form in recent games and at training.

Law was also his coach in the 2012 World Cup in under-19 cricket.

His next chance for a game will be on Thursday against the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba but Queensland's bowling stocks for the game will be boosted if captain James Hopes returns from injury.

Steketee's best chance to debut this season is likely to be before the return of Test trio Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson.

While Harris and Watson are carrying injuries and are in doubt for the fifth Test against England, Johnson is in the best form of his career and Heat officials are likely to play the Test star immediately he is available.

Steketee's mother Debbie said her son was enjoying his time with the squad.

"He was in the dug-out with the players for the game against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba," she said.

"Mark is happy with how he is bowling in club cricket."

Steketee, 19, was again in the dug-out with the team in Melbourne last night.

While he is being considered as a pace bowler by the Heat, Steketee has form with the bat.

He has hit two centuries in Warwick cricket and like his Heat captain, James Hopes, attacks from the first ball when used as an opener.

Steketee has one half century in Brisbane A-grade this season.

The benefit of bowlers being able to bat cost the Heat dearly on Saturday night when regular No.11 Ben Hilfenhaus hit a four and six for the Hobart Hurricanes to down the Heat in the last over.



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