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Big Bash: Heat target back-to-back wins

Brisbane Heat started the Big Bash League campaign in electric fashion on Thursday night and will be out to make it back-to-back wins against Adelaide Strikers.

The Heat had an outstanding BBL 12 season when making the final, and they carried that form on when smashing the Melbourne Stars by 103 runs.

It was an impressive win and they can now be backed at 6.00 to go all the way and win BBL 13.

However they will be in for another big test when they travel to Adelaide to take on the Strikers on Saturday.

Confidence should be high though following Thursday night’s win and the Strikers will have to hit the ground running to stop them.

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When18:15 (AEST) Saturday 9th December
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAdelaide Strikers 2.00, Brisbane Heat 1.80

Short key for the Strikers

Adelaide Strikers have confirmed that Matthew Short will be their captain for the new campaign, and he will be hoping to get off to a strong start.

Short takes over from Travis Head, who along with Alex Carey is unlikely to figure in BBL 13 due to Test commitments with Australia.

However they are in good hands with Short, who was named player of the tournament last season, after scoring 458 runs and taking 11 wickets.

Short can be backed at 3.50 to be Adelaide’s Team – Top Batter against Brisbane, and will be out to lead by example.

The Strikers have been hit by the news that Rashid Khan has pulled out of the tournament with a back injury, but in David Payne they have added a quality bowler.

The English left-arm quick was key to Perth Scorchers success last season and can be backed at 4.75 to be Team – Top Bowler on Saturday.

England Test star Jamie Overton will also be making his debut and is 15.00 to cap it by being the Top Batter.

Munro stars for Heat

Brisbane Heat got off to a flyer against the Stars, with opening bat Colin Munro making 99 not out, smashing his runs off just 61 deliveries.

It is no surprise then that Munro is 3.25 to be the Heat’s Top Batter again on Saturday.

Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja did well with 30 and 28 runs respectively, but neither will be available to face the Strikers.

The duo will turn their focus to the first Test against Pakistan, so the Heat will need to fill that void.

Mitchell Swepson was the pick of the bowlers against the Stars when taking 3-23 off just 3.1 overs.

The spin star is 4.50 to be Team – Top Bowler once again.

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