Jan 29: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane
Pro Tip: The Gabba has been the best place to bowl for spinners in BBL10, averaging only 17.27. So, pick enough spin options in your 11.
Our XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Marnus Labuschagne, Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Liam O'Connor, Peter Siddle
Substitutes: Ben Laughlin, Max Bryant, Wes Agar, Jake Weatherald.
Player Availability: No major player changes expected for both teams as of now.
We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.
Captain: Marnus Labuschange
The recent ICC Emerging Player of the Year Labuschange, who has been setting the International circuit on fire in Tests and ODIs, has been replicating his form in T20s too. He was the highest points aggregator in each of the last two games and was rightly awarded Player of the Match too in both the games. He has scored 123 runs and picked up six wickets in three games.
Vice-captain: Chris Lynn
Even after playing just ten games, Lynn is the third highest run-scorer in the league stages of BBL10 with 420 runs at a stellar strike rate of 157.30. He is also the leading run scorer at Gabba scoring 1077 runs in 33 innings at an average of 38.46 and a phenomenal strike rate of 167.23. Nobody has hit more sixes at a single venue than Chris Lynn at Gabba in BBL - 66 sixes in 33 innings.
Alex Carey: Last time out in this fixture, Alex Carey scored a match winning 101 off 62 balls at Adelaide Oval recently. He is the fourth leading run-scorer with 412 runs in 12 games, just eight behind Chris Lynn. Now that he has scored a century while opening the batting, expect him to hold on to that position where he averages 36.66 in his BBL career.
Peter Siddle: After injuring his left thumb and missing a few games, he came back not fully fit and yet picked up 3 for 13 in his comeback game. The 36-year-old pace machine has picked up 18 wickets in 12 games for Strikers this season at an average of 17.16.
Mark Steketee: The second leading wicket-taker in the ongoing edition of the BBL, Steketee has 22 scalps in 13 games. Nobody has picked up more wickets at the Gabba than him in BBL with 36 scalps in 25 games. In the five games he played at this venue he has picked up 11 wickets at an average of 14.81.
Mitchell Swepson: The legspinner picked up 3 for 23 in his four overs against India in the recent series and was named the Player of the Match. Although he missed a majority of the season due to national commitments, he came back and picked up four wickets in the last couple of games for Heat.
Travis Head: Strikers skipper Head is yet to find his touch in BBL10. However, he is a big game player and his record in BBL playoffs suggest that same - 160 runs in four games with only two dismissals. He has also scored two 50-plus scores in three games at the Gabba.
- Leaving out Jake Weatherald is indeed a risky choice but considering his away form, especially his form at the Gabba, we have left him out. Alternatively, you can have him in place of Liam O'Connor
- Wes Agar can also replace O'Connor
- Max Bryant can replace Lewis Gregory
- Head and Steketee are the other captaincy options for this game