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Big Bash League: The Heat is on for Hurricanes

There are two games to look forward to on Wednesday and there is plenty riding on both with places in the Big Bash League play-offs up for grabs.

It has been a thrilling BBL12 so far and the excitement is set to continue when the Hobart Hurricanes take on Brisbane Heat, while the Melbourne Stars will face the Sydney Thunder.

The final make-up of the top five has yet to be decided and every run scored and wicket taken could prove to be crucial, with net run rate expected to play its part. Out of the four teams involved on Wednesday only the Melbourne Stars cannot make the top five although they will still be playing for pride and will be keen to finish a disappointing campaign on a high. 

These are the final two games of the regular season before the play-offs get underway on Friday so let’s take a closer look at all involved.

What:Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat
Where:UTAS, Tasmania 
When:13:40 (AEST) Wednesday 25th January 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel Go, Kayo
Odds:Hurricanes 39/50, Heat 21/20

Pressure on Hurricanes

The Hurricanes were one of the hot fancies ahead of BBL12 after bringing in a host of top recruits under the watchful eye of Ricky Ponting. However it has not quite gone to plan and now they need to beat the Heat and hope things fall into place if they are to make the top five.

Just to make matters worse the Hurricanes have lost their last three games and will need to pick themselves up if they are to overcome a Heat side that are bang in form. Although Hobart have struggled to gel this campaign, they do have a side packed with quality.

Tim David has impressed with the bat so far when making 350 runs and he is priced at 4/1 to be their top batsman once again here. With the ball Riley Meredith and Patrick Dooley have taken 20 and 19 wickets respectively and will need to produce again if they are to skittle out Brisbane.

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The Hurricanes have made one change to their squad with Mac Wright coming in for the first time this season to replace Chris Tremain. Brisbane have already beaten the Hurricanes once and are currently bang in form after winning their last four games.

They sit third on the ladder and confidence should be sky-high. They have also been helped by the return of star batsmen Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne.

The duo will not be available for finals but will play against the Hurricanes and are both priced at 3/1 to be the Heat’s top run scorer.

What:Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder
Where:MCG, Melbourne
When:19:15 (AEST) Wednesday 25th January 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel Go, Kayo
Odds:Stars 6/5, Thunder 17/25

Stars out to finish on a high

It has been a season to forget for the Melbourne Stars who have managed to win just three games in BBL12, taking them to bottom of the ladder. Although they cannot make finals, the Stars will be playing for pride and any game against Sydney Thunder is a big one.

They will be aiming to go out on a high. And in their last defeat against Brisbane Heat, they showed they still have some fight in them and they are not willing to throw in the towel. Chasing a challenging total of 189 to win, they fell just four runs short and will be out to go one better against the Thunder. 

Joe Clarke has been their best batsman in BBL12 and can be backed at 3/1 to finish top of the pile once again here. The Sydney Thunder can secure their place in the play-offs with a win but they have hardly been in top form. 

Indeed they have lost four out of the last five games. A win over the Stars is much-needed. Not only to book a finals spot but to give their confidence a lift heading into the business end. 

David Warner would have liked to have contributed more with the bat this campaign, but everyone knows what he is capable of and he could put on a big score. 

Warner is priced at 13/5 to be the Thunder’s leading batsman against the Stars. Oliver Davies and Matthew Gilks are other contenders. But there will need to be a huge improvement from the entire batting line-up that were dismissed for just 62 runs in the last game against Sydney Sixers.

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