If you compare the current Brisbane Heat side with the one that finished 2021, they’d be unrecognizable. Having lost a dozen players to Covid, the Heat have done a remarkable job in practically rebuilding a new squad mid-tournament but the downside is that the overall talent on their books has plummeted, even if the show is going on.
The Heat’s new look eleven got its first exposure in the last game against Melbourne Renegades, who themselves are no world beaters but still made the Heat look ordinary.
The lineup was chock full of debutants and players whom no one had heard before, and if it wasn’t for Jake Lehmann’s 65, the entire team would have made a lot less than the 128 they managed.
The Covid-hit regulars are still unavailable as their seven-day mandatory period of isolation isn’t complete yet and even then they’d have to clear a bunch of tests before they’re allowed back in. Until then, it’s going to be tough for Brisbane.
Hobart Hurricanes has a simple formula: they win if their openers work and lose if they don’t. Their front two of Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott have been quiet of late and so they have lost two on the bounce.
Wade’s form, in particular, must be giving minor migraines to Hobart management as he has scored eight runs in total in his last four innings.
They were always a little light in the bowling department so if their hard-hitting batters don’t get enough runs on the board, they always appear in a bit of trouble.
The last time Hobart faced Brisbane, the lost, which was on New Year’s Day, although Brisbane now and then are completely different sides. Brisbane’s Xavier Bartlett and Mujeeb ur Rehman wreaked havoc in that game. Bartlett isn’t available, which is another edge to Hobart.