2019-20 Big Bash League – Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers taking place? Wednesday 1st January, 2020 – 08:10 (UK)

Where is Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers taking place? Metricon Stadium, Carrara

What is the expected weather for Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers? 28c with sunshine and cloud but no rain expected

What television channel is Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Brisbane Heat beat Perth Scorchers 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE HEAT

  • Brisbane Heat have not had a game for ten days since they comfortably beat Sydney Sixers in their last match which was their first win of BBL|09 as Chris Lynn brought the Lynnsanity with 11 sixes in a stunning 94 from 35 balls to guide them to victory.
  • That win came without English prodigy Tom Banton who missed the game due to a virus but he has been named in the squad and will add even more firepower to an already potent batting line-up.
  • Leg-spinner Mitch Swepson has been called into the Australian Test squad so he is unavailable for this match so the Heat could give a start to left-arm spinner Matt Kuhnemann for his first game of BBL|09.

PERTH SCORCHERS

  • It has been a slow start for the Perth Scorchers as they have lost three of their opening four games and they were particularly disappointing last time out against Sydney Sixers on Boxing Day who bowled them out for just 126 after posting 174/7 in the 48-run loss.
  • Only two of their top eight batsmen reached double figures in that game - Mitch Marsh and Ashton Turner – such was the dismal display, and they are under big pressure to improve here with both bat and ball.
  • They have named an unchanged 13-man squad for this game and they may start the same eleven meaning Tim David and Joel Paris may miss out, but the likes of Liam Livingstone at the top of the order and Matthew Kelly with the ball need to produce more.

THE PREDICTION

This match could very well come down to who wins the battle between the Scorchers' bowling attack and the Heat’s fearsome batting department. Brisbane are strengthened by the return of Banton but their bowling is weakened without Swepson so they will be relying on beating the Scorchers in a shootout containing plenty of runs. That does not bode well for this Scorchers batting line-up that is struggling for runs at the top of the order and the Heat, with home advantage, have to be favoured here.

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