Brisbane Heat remain the only side in the competition without a win or a point to their name. They started their campaign with a one-sided defeat to Sydney Thunder when a majority of their batters failed, with the exception of Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett.
In the next game, a balanced bowling effort saw them restrict Perth Scorchers to 157 but the mess that is Brisbane’s batting once again failed to do what was required of them. Chris Lynn’s painstakingly and uncharacteristically slow 27 off 33 did the team no favours, just as the failure of four of their top six batters didn’t.
Even then the game could have been had as it came down to the Heat needing 20 off 12 balls. But then Andrew Tye’s excellent 19th oversaw Xavier Bartlett score just three runs and that left them a mountain to climb off the final six deliveries, which they couldn’t.
The batting is the main area where much and fast improvement is needed if the Heat are to shake off their poor start.
Melbourne Renegades have so far played two matches in the ongoing Big Bash League but against the same side: Adelaide Strikers.
In the first encounter, they beat the Strikers by a slim margin of two runs before being brushed aside in a 49-run defeat two nights later.
It’s clear that this has not been the best of starts as even their win was very close and could have gone either way.
Their bowling unit, which obviously packs a lot of talent and big names, has done pretty well but the batters were completely flat in that last game, with only their top four getting into double figures.
They are certainly missing Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson, the former of whom has a knee niggle and the latter is away on national duty with Australia A.