BBL|04 PREVIEW: Freddie Factor can take Brisbane Heat to finals

Brisbane Heat only had themselves to blame last season for missing out on the finals series. A plethora of poor decisions and irresponsible cricket saw the Heat finish in fifth place when a finals berth should have been the minimum. The Heat has always been a team that possesses plenty of talent and quality, but has never been able to turn that into consistent dominating cricket.

A fifth place finish in season one was bettered when the Heat went on a late surge to creep in to the finals in season two. A dominating performance against a favoured Melbourne Renegades side, and an all round team effort in the final gave the Heat the title in season two.

After finishing in fifth place again in season three, the Heat knows it could have been a very different story had they taken their chances when they presented themselves.

The Heat has recruited well and look a very strong outfit going in to season three. Coach Stuart Law has worked with most of the team for a long time as he serves as the coach for the state side, Queensland Bulls as well, and will be looking to turn some promising displays from last season into a more consistent run.

Brisbane Heat Squad

James Hopes (capt), Joe Burns, Peter Forrest, Chris Lynn, Nathan Reardon, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Andrew Flintoff, James Hopes, Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson, Simon Milenko, James Peirson, Nick Buchanan, Ryan Duffield, Cameron Gannon, Mitchell Johnson, Alister McDermott, Mark Steketee, Samuel Badree

Heat_celebrate_640x423Player to watch – Joe Burns

At twenty-five years of age it is rather interesting to list Joe Burns as our player to watch. Burns has been a regular in the Heat side since day one.

He possesses a great technical game and is often considered Mr Reliable. Burns has often found himself in the shadow of Luke Pomersbach and Dan Christian, but with Pomersbach having retired and Christian getting on in age,

Burns has the opportunity to come in to his own and become the player many know him to be.  Burns has a strong strike rate in T20 and is a strong hitter of the ball. Burns is expected to slot in to the team as an opening batsman, and has a real opportunity to show his true class this season.

Key PlayerChris Lynn

We often think that the key player in a squad is one of the big names. Lynn may not be the biggest name, but if he gets going for the Heat, then they will be very hard to stop.

He has been a mainstay for the Bulls since 2010, and has been part of the Heat squad since day one. Lynn possesses a phenomenal strike rate in T20 with the bat, and is a more than capable bowler.

He was underused by the heat as a bowler last season, and at times played too low down the batting order to affect any positive outcome on the game. If Lynn plays higher up the order and gets going, there is very little chance of stopping the runs from flowing.

brisbaneheat_thumb_lrgWhat they are saying

“I’ve seen from afar how the BBL has evolved so quickly to become a world class competition, and it’s a challenge that I am certainly up for.” – Andrew Flintoff

“It will be awesome to see the likes of Reardon, Flintoff and Badree. They will offer a lot to our group. There’s obviously still a lot of work to do to get out on the field, but pulling on the teal jersey again is really driving me forward.”- Chris Lynn

Andrew Flintoff signs for the Heat

Badger Predicts

We can definitely see the Heat making the finals.

They have the quality to challenge for the title and have experience of winning the competition. Their squad has changed slightly since that title win under Darren Lehman, but the main philosophies and ideologies remain.

The arrival of Andrew Flintoff has brought about plenty of buzz within the squad and amongst the fans. If the Heat can sort out their batting order and get rid of the jitters that cost them last season, they definitely will make the finals.

More Information

Brisbane Heat website

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Ahmed Essof

Ahmed Essof

Ahmed has been a cricket fan for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Zimbabwe in the 90s he has very fond memories of cricket and was immediately transfixed by the game from the very first moment.

At the age of 15, Ahmed moved to Australia with his family. He quickly took a liking to his new home state, Queensland, and subsequently became a fan of Brisbane Heat. Despite his obvious love for his African roots and Zimbabwe and South Africa, Ahmed has developed a strong knowledge of the game in Australia and the various competitions.

Always a fan of the outrageous and 'freakish' cricket, Ahmed rates Jonty Rhodes, AB DeVilliers as among his most exciting cricketers to watch.
Ahmed Essof

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