The Brisbane Heat had one of the best Big Bash tournaments last season as they made the semi-finals. They lost in a super over against the Sixers at home but were missing Chris Lynn. His shoulder remains an issue for the Heat and they’ll need to him firing once again.
Key Batsman – Brendon McCullum
McCullum ($92k) is back for another Big Bash campaign and I’m looking forward to watching his power batting. Last season, he scored 323 runs from 8 matches and his combination with Lynn is great to watch. He’s currently warming up for the Big Bash in Bangladesh and hasn’t looked at his best. However, he loves the wicket at the Gabba and the Heat open with 2 home matches. So he’ll be one to watch for the Heat.
Key Bowler – Mark Steketee
Steketee had a breakout Big Bash last season, picking up 15 wickets and was ranked 2nd best in the league. He is the strike weapon in the Heat bowling lineup along with Cutting. He comes at a premium price but should be another wicket-taking option in BBL07.
Young Star – Mitchell Swepson
Swepson is tipped as Australia’s next leg-spinner and he performed well in the Big Bash last season. He picked up 12 wickets in 9 matches and he’s been bowling well in the Sheffield Shield this season. He’s an affordable price at 66k and should enjoy more wickets in BBl07.
International Players – Shadab Khan/Yasir Shah
The Heat have picked up two Pakistan players in Khan and Shah. Yasir Shah is one of the best leg-spinners in the world and his combination with Swepson will be an interesting duo for the Heat. Khan is also a leg-spinner and can provide some late order batting. In just 10 International t20s for Pakistan, he’s taken 14 wickets with best figures of 4/14. Shah is the more expensive option at $75k however, he’ll likely get more playing time. He does struggle in Australia though and he’ll likely be a risky pickup compared to the cheaper option of Swepson.
Player to watch – Sam Heazlett
Heazlett earned a surprise ODI call-up this year and is on the Australian radar. In limited t20 opportunities, he’s scored 169 runs in 8 matches. He also scored a 58 against Sri Lanka in February for the PM’s XI. Pickup in fantasy Big Bash depends on the batting lineup and if Lynn is out injured, I expect Heazlett to come in and do the job.
Cheap Fantasy option – Alex Ross
At $44k, Alex Ross is one of the best cheap batting options. He had a decent season last year, hitting 204 runs in 8 innings. He provides late batting power and his price is worth the inclusion.