Where the Brisbane Heat will finish this year

The Heat are my hometown team and I make a point to go to at least one game of theirs at the Gabba each year.

The night always starts promising, the lads and I are pumped to watch the Cricket, then head down the road to the Pineapple and perhaps a little later head into the casino with the hopes of walking out with thousands.

Unfortunately, though, this isn’t usually the case.

Before I go any further the other day, we previewed the Adelaide Strikers, you can read that here.

Anyways, back to the Heat, we end up losing a man after the game, another after the Pineapple and the three of us remaining come out of the casino much poorer than when we went in.

Our night is usually the perfect comparison to a Brisbane Heat Big Bash campaign, full of hope at the beginning but at the end we look back at what could have been.

I fear that we are once again in store for one of these seasons.

The team has the potential and the pieces to achieve, but they rarely all click at once.

Last year the Heat finished 7th of the 8 teams in the Big Bash despite having some of the biggest names in the comp.

Chris Lynn, AB De Villers, Tom Banton, Mujeeb and even Mitch Swepson had standout performances during the season, yet it meant bugger all.

I fear in the 20/21 campaign, things might be worse.

The team has lost AB and Banton because of COVID related reasons and they have also lost key local players like Ben Cutting and Matthew Renshaw.

On top of this, the replacements aren’t stellar either. Yes, the team has secured Ben Laughlin and Tom Cooper but they are hardly players who will elevate you to the next level.

I think the oddest signing here for the Heat though is Morne Morkel as a...local player?

The South African quick has been confirmed as an Australian local because he holds a Visa in Aus and is married to an Aussie woman.

Now I’m not opposed to him playing for us at all, but a 36 year old SAFA won’t win us the Big Bash either.

Batting wise there is the ever-reliable Chris Lynn there to bully bowlers into submission and I’m sure you can expect him to be the leading run and six hitter of the comp, but he alone isn’t enough.

Too often Lynn will score 80 but the rest of the team combined only scores 80 itself, leaving us in precarious positions when defending totals in particular.

With the International season being a bit out of whack this year its hard to see who will be vacant from the squad during the season, but as it stands Swepson, Labuschagne and Burns will be out of action whilst in the test squad and you never know when the Aussies might need Lynn as a back up.

This will leave a team led by two over 35 year old fast bowlers, a 19 year old who can’t speak English and a few other staples of the Heat system.

I can absolutely foresee the Heat having some explosive games with Lynn at their forefront, but I don’t expect much more than that from the men in Teal.

It pains me to say it, but I think this season might go a bit like a hyped-up night out and not live up to expectations.

I predict the Heat once again finish an entertaining 7th in the Big Bash, but boy I hope I’m wrong.

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