2018-19 Big Bash League – Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? Thursday, 10th January - 08:15 (UK)

Where is Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades taking place? The Gabba

What is the expected weather for Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades? 25-27c with cloud forecast but rain unlikely

What channel is Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades? http://www.brisbaneheat.com.au/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Brisbane Heat W2, Melbourne Renegades W7
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Brisbane Heat by 26 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE HEAT

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Chris Lynn

  • Brisbane Heat have shown signs of turning their season around with two wins in their last two matches and the last win against Sydney Thunder albeit in a rain-affected match that was one of their best performances with the bat of the tournament as they racked up 186/8 batting first.
  • Marnus Labuschagne drops out of the squad but the Australian international was out for a duck in the game against Thunder so they are unlikely to feel any real loss so Alex Ross returns to the squad for this match.
  • The return to form of Brendan McCullum who hit a half-century against Thunder is timely as he will provide Bryant and Lynn who have been playing well of late and they will be boosted by the return of Joe Burns who should be the man to come in for Labuschagne.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Captain: Tom Cooper

  • Melbourne Renegades bounced back in style after losing three matches in a row as they beat Hobart Hurricanes on Monday and became the first team to beat the leaders as they cantered to victory chasing their total of 145/5 down with five balls to spare.
  • They are without Aaron Finch who drops back out of the squad and resumes international duty with Australia but they can count upon Marcus Harris now the test series with India has finished and he is not in the ODI squad so he will come in as a direct replacement at the top of the order.
  • That should be the only change to the team from that which beat the Hurricanes although Cameron White may rotate back into the side for Mackenzie Harvey after he was rested in that last match.

THE PREDICTION

The Renegades have dominated recent matches against Brisbane Heat in recent years having won their last six meetings so that will give them some confidence coming into this match. Both teams have had positive results of late that will give them some confidence and will know this is a crucial match based on how tight the BBL08 ladder currently is. The Heat’s batting order is really finding some form now and that gives them the ability to take the game away from any opponent. However, their bowling still possesses weaknesses and the Renegades just look the more well-rounded and balanced of the two teams which may give them the edge in a tough match to call either way.