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Big Bash: Brisbane Heat profile

Brisbane Heat will be looking to get over the disappointment of last season’s near miss when they tackle the upcoming Big Bash League campaign.

The Heat were the surprise package when making it all the way to the final, seeing off Sydney Sixers on the way, before losing to Perth Scorchers in the big dance.

It was a narrow loss, with the Scorchers hitting the winning runs with just four balls left, and the Heat can take plenty of heart from the season.

They can be backed at 4.33 to reach the final again, and with a bit of luck they have the potential to go one step further and win it.

Brisbane are available at 8.00 to win BBL 13.

Big Bash League history

Brisbane Heat do have one Big Bash title to their name and that came in the 2012/13 campaign when they overcame the Perth Scorchers.

That season the Heat just managed to sneak into the semi-finals, and after shocking Melbourne Renegades they then caused another boilover against the Scorchers at the WACA.

The Scorchers got their revenge when beating the Heat, who had to settle for being runners-up in 2022/23.

The Heat are usually there of thereabouts when it comes to playing finals. They also extended their seasons in 2016/17 and 2020/21.

In the season ahead, the Heat can be backed at 1.95 to finish in the top four and play finals again.

Heat re-sign Labuschagne

The Heat roster is like a who’s who of Australian Test stars, which could stand them in good stead for the season ahead.

There is an issue with availability of course as such players are busy over the summer with Cricket Australia.

However, there is the option to call on them if they become available, and that is something the Heat like to have in their armoury.

Star batter Marnus Labuschagne is one such player, with coach Wade Seccombe revealing his re-signing was a priority, taking into consideration the huge impact he can have on the rest of the squad.

The Heat will be captained by another Aussie Test star in the form of Usman Khawaja, while Matt Renshaw and Michael Neser are also in the squad.

Brisbane also have good spin bowling options with another two players who have represented Australia, Mitchell Swepson and Matt Kuhnemann.

Right-arm fast bowler Xavier Bartlett has signed up for two more seasons and will be looking to add to the 28 wickets he has taken so far in his T20 career.

The Heat also received a big boost as they managed to retain the services of both Colin Munro and Sam Billings in the draft without them having to use their retention pick.

Brisbane Heat fixtures

The Heat will begin their Big Bash League campaign with a home clash with the Melbourne Stars on Thursday 7th December.

They will then travel to take on the Adelaide Strikers before two more away trips to Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades.

The Heat wrap up December back on home soil against the Thunder.

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