Can the Brisbane Heat go one better in BBL7 and win their second title this summer?
Odds are, it’s all going to come down to two men.
Aussie sensation Chris Lynn and New Zealand champion Brendon McCullum set the competition alight last season, dominating at the top of the order to catapult the Heat to second after the end of the season – its highest ever finish on the ladder.
The Gabba became one of the hottest venues in the state as the two men put on a show, night after night.
Unfortunately for the Heat, Lynn’s call up to the Australian side and subsequent injury meant they were undermanned in the Grand Final, going down to the powerhouse Perth Scorchers.
While Lynn and McCullum will be back in action this season, the Heat will need improvement from its international recruits and second tier if they are to lift silverware.
Can the two big-hitters get some help?
We’ll look at the Heat’s odds, their squad, fixture and best betting markets in our full team preview.
About the Brisbane Heat
|Coach:||Daniel Vettori (NZ)|
|BBL titles:||1 (BBL2)|
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Brisbane Heat fixture
|Melbourne Stars||Wednesday, December 20, 2017||Gabba||7.40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, December 23, 2017||Etihad Stadium||7.20pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, December 27, 2017||Gabba||7.10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, December 31, 2017||Adelaide Oval||7.10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Tuesday, January 2, 2018||MCG||7.10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Friday, January 5, 2018||Gabba||7.10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Wednesday, January 10, 2018||Gabba||7.40pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 15, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Thursday, January 18, 2018||SCG||7.40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, January 27, 2018||Gabba||7.20pm AEDT|
Brisbane Heat squad
Brisbane Heat futures betting
The Brisbane Heat will start the 2017/2018 Big Bash League season on the third line of title betting at +500 with Sportsbet.com.au. Interesting odds for a team that came within one match of going all the way last season and seemed to have only added to their squad since.
The Heat are also paying -142.86 at Crownbet.com.au to make the top four and compete in their third finals campaign in seven seasons.
Tips for betting on the Brisbane Heat
So, we know who’s going to do the damage with the bat for the Heat, but what about the ball?
We’ve taken a look at the squads and the stats and delivered our tips for the Heat’s 2017/18 futures betting:
Most wickets betting:
While most of the market is weighed towards the quicks in the line-up like Mark Steketee and Mitch Swepson, the man who takes our eye in the most wickets betting is a veteran from Pakistan.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been a warrior for his country over the last three seasons and is a very handy pick-up for the Heat this season. At +1000 with CrownBet.com.au, we expect Shah to provide tremendous value for money and get a lot of responsibility in the middle overs.
Most runs betting:
Will it be Lynn or McCullum that wins the run-making rivalry between the two big Heat-hitters?
Lynn, at $2 with CrownBet, is the favourite to pile on the runs, but we’re going to go with old man McCullum ($2.35) to do the business.
International duty. If Chris Lynn dominates like he did last season, there’s every chance he’ll get called up for international duty for Australia during the summer, which could cost him a few games at the Gabba.
While McCullum may not be in the same kind of form as Lynn or have age on his side anymore, he’s a better bet to play every game and provide better value for money throughout the entire summer.
Brisbane Heat all-time XI
For a team that’s won a BBL title and competed in a second Grand Final, it’s quite hard to put together a best eleven for the Brisbane Heat.
That is a testament to the guys at the top of the tree – McCullum, Lynn, Christian and Vettori – who have carried their side at different stages throughout the journey.
There’s no doubt that McCullum and Lynn make up one of the best T20 opening partnerships the format has ever seen. Christian, Hopes and Cutting provide a flurry of middle and late order hitting and Samuel Badree – the number one T20 bowler in the world for a long period – is one of the most unheralded success stories for the franchise.
Mitchell Johnson, Cutting and Hopes will share responsibilities with the new ball.
1. Brendan McCullum (c)
2. Chris Lynn
3. Joe Burns
4. Peter Forrest
5. Daniel Christian
6. James Hopes
7. Chris Hartley (k)
8. Ben Cutting
9. Daniel Vettori
10. Samuel Badree
11. Mitchell Johnson
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