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The Brisbane Heat are an Australian men’s professional twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Big Bash League (BBL). They represent the city of Brisbane in the league. The Heat plays their home games at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

History:

2011-2012 season:

Brisbane Heat made a disastrous start to the season. They failed to win in the first four games. However, they had an outside chance of making it to the finals. And it was enough for the Heat to bounce back and revive their season by winning their last three games. But unfortunately they were eliminated in the last match. The Heat managed to win three games in eight and ended fifth in the table.

What further hurt Heat’s chances were the absence of some key players. Brendon McCullum missed some matches as he was playing HRV Cup in New Zealand simultaneously while Daniel Vettori missed few games because of injury. On the other hand,  captain James Hopes missed the whole tournament because of injury.

2012-2013 season:

Brisbane Heat won their first and only BBL title till date by defeating Perth Scorchers in the 2012/13  final. The match was played at the WACA Ground on 19 January 2013. They had made it to the semifinal after finishing fourth in the table with 4 wins from 8 games. In the semifinal, they beat Melbourne Renegades by 15 runs.

Before the final, they lost captain James Hopes to an injury. Vice-captain Chris Hartley won the toss, and elected to bat first. Joe Burns top scored for Brisbane with 43 runs off 27 balls, in a total of 167 for the loss of five wickets. Jason Behrendorff took 2 wickets for the Scorchers.

In reply, Perth Scorchers scored 133 for the loss of nine wickets from their 20 overs, losing by 34 runs. Adam Voges was the highest scorer with 49 runs from 32 deliveries. Barbadian Kemar Roach took 3 wickets for 18 runs.

2013-2014 season:

After the fifth place finish in the inaugural season, the Heat started the new season on a strong note, winning their first game against the Perth Scorchers.

But the season did not live up to the expectations as Heat lost several close games.  And just like the previous season, they ended up at the fifth place. They, however, had something to cheer out as Cameron Gannon led all BBL wicket-takers, snaring 18 wickets at an average of less than 12 – with best bowling of 4–10.

2014-2015 season:

The fourth season was a disastrous one for the Heat. They finished last in the league after winning just two of the eight games. The poor campaign led to the resignation of Stuart Law as coach, and James Hopes as captain. Brisbane Heat were the first team to win the wooden spoon, besides the Sydney Thunder, who won the spoon in the first 3 seasons of the BBL.

2015-2016 season:

The season started in the worst possible manner for the Heat. They found themselves well out of contention for a semifinal spot after losing the first four games. They managed to win three of the remaining four games but it was not enough to secure them a finals spot. They eventually ended the season at the sixth spot with three wins from eight games.

2016-2017 season:

After a disappointing outing in the previous season where they finished sixth, the Heat  started the season with a bang, beating Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes. They went on to finish the season at the second place with 5 wins from eight games. But their season came to a disappointing end as they lost the Super Over after their semifinal clash against Sydney Sixers ended in a tie.

2017-2018 season:

The seventh season of the competition saw the teams playing ten games instead of eight like the previous seasons.  The Heat made a fine start to the season, winning three of their opening five games. However, they managed just a solitary win from the last five games and ended the competition at the seventh position in the eight-team competition.

Here are some other details about the team:

Most runs for Brisbane Heat:

 

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave
CA Lynn 2011-2018 52 51 10 1607 101 39.19
JA Burns 2012-2018 40 39 7 943 69 29.46
BCJ Cutting 2012-2018 54 45 7 792 46 20.84
DT Christian 2011-2015 33 33 5 659 75* 23.53
BB McCullum 2011-2018 21 21 1 618 72 30.9
JJ Peirson 2014-2018 35 34 4 582 57 19.4
PJ Forrest 2011-2015 30 30 6 554 62* 23.08
LA Pomersbach 2012-2014 18 18 1 547 112* 32.17
AI Ross 2016-2018 19 17 2 414 64 27.6
NJ Reardon 2014-2017 18 17 3 360 52* 25.71
JR Hopes 2011-2016 33 27 6 317 49 15.09
SD Heazlett 2015-2018 14 14 1 210 45 16.15
ML Hayden 2011-2012 7 7 0 207 76 29.57
C Kieswetter 2013-2014 8 8 0 192 51 24
LMP Simmons 2015-2016 8 8 0 177 54 22.12
CD Hartley 2011-2013 18 12 6 124 35 20.66
AW Robinson 2011-2012 7 7 0 123 44 17.57
NLTC Perera 2012-2013 6 5 1 91 38 22.75
JS Floros 2015-2018 13 10 2 88 42 11
A Flintoff 2014-2015 7 7 2 74 46 14.8
DL Vettori 2012-2015 15 9 4 73 40 14.6
JD Wildermuth 2016-2017 9 5 0 72 29 14.4
RE van der Merwe 2011-2012 3 3 0 66 36 22
CJM Sabburg 2013-2014 9 5 1 59 19* 14.75
MG Neser 2011-2012 6 5 4 55 30* 55
MT Steketee 2014-2018 32 13 4 52 13 5.77
JK Lalor 2015-2018 14 10 4 49 14 8.16
CJ Gannon 2012-2018 16 6 3 44 23 14.66
M Labuschagne 2017-2018 6 5 0 42 20 8.4
RJ Harris 2011-2014 5 4 2 40 25* 20
SJ Paulsen 2012-2012 2 1 1 35 35*
BR McDermott 2014-2014 2 2 0 30 30 15
NM Hauritz 2011-2013 23 6 3 23 16* 7.66
MT Renshaw 2018-2018 1 1 0 22 22 22
S Milenko 2014-2015 3 3 0 20 13 6.66
SR Watson 2012-2012 1 1 0 17 17 17
ND Buchanan 2011-2017 5 4 1 11 8* 3.66
S Badree 2015-2017 13 2 2 7 6*
AC McDermott 2011-2015 20 5 1 7 5 1.75
Yasir Shah 2017-2018 7 3 1 6 6* 3
MJ Swepson 2016-2018 21 6 2 5 2 1.25
B Doggett 2017-2018 7 3 2 4 3 4
KAJ Roach 2012-2013 9 2 1 3 3* 3
SD Parry 2015-2015 2 1 1 2 2*
RM Duffield 2014-2015 6 1 0 1 1 1
AL Fekete 2015-2016 5 1 1 1 1*
MG Gale 2013-2013 2 1 0 1 1 1

 

Most wickets for Brisbane Heat:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Econ
BCJ Cutting 2012-2018 54 51 154.3 1 1354 43 8.76
MT Steketee 2014-2018 32 32 109.1 0 938 37 8.59
DT Christian 2011-2015 33 32 93 0 751 29 8.07
AC McDermott 2011-2015 20 20 67.3 1 572 27 8.47
JR Hopes 2011-2016 33 33 106.1 1 756 24 7.12
CJ Gannon 2012-2018 16 15 48.5 0 438 23 8.96
MJ Swepson 2016-2018 21 21 76 0 559 21 7.35
S Badree 2015-2017 13 13 52 1 334 14 6.42
JK Lalor 2015-2018 14 14 50 0 389 11 7.78
DL Vettori 2012-2015 15 15 58 0 424 10 7.31
JD Wildermuth 2016-2017 9 9 28.5 0 268 9 9.29
NM Hauritz 2011-2013 23 20 58 0 459 9 7.91
MG Neser 2011-2012 6 6 21 0 166 7 7.9
B Doggett 2017-2018 7 7 24 0 228 7 9.5
Shadab Khan 2017-2017 3 3 12 0 85 6 7.08
NLTC Perera 2012-2013 6 6 14.2 0 130 6 9.06
RJ Harris 2011-2014 5 5 19.2 0 151 6 7.81
KAJ Roach 2012-2013 9 9 32.1 0 223 6 6.93
Yasir Shah 2017-2018 7 7 28 0 180 5 6.42
RM Duffield 2014-2015 6 6 21 1 197 5 9.38
MG Gale 2013-2013 2 2 4.5 0 32 4 6.62
ND Buchanan 2011-2017 5 5 12 0 129 4 10.75
AL Fekete 2015-2016 5 5 13 0 152 4 11.69
CA Lynn 2011-2018 52 6 12 0 87 3 7.25
A Flintoff 2014-2015 7 6 12 0 136 3 11.33
JS Floros 2015-2018 13 11 19.1 0 177 3 9.23
SD Parry 2015-2015 2 2 4 0 33 2 8.25
JA Burns 2012-2018 40 6 7 0 51 2 7.28
RE van der Merwe 2011-2012 3 3 8 0 83 2 10.37
CR Swan 2012-2012 1 1 4 0 16 1 4
TS Mills 2017-2017 2 2 8 0 50 1 6.25
LW Feldman 2015-2015 1 1 4 0 53 1 13.25
M Labuschagne 2017-2018 6 4 5 0 59 1 11.8
CJM Sabburg 2013-2014 9 1 1 0 5 0 5
SR Watson 2012-2012 1 1 3 0 17 0 5.66

 

Most dismissals as wicketkeeper for Brisbane Heat:

 

Player Span Mat Inns Dismissals Catches Stumping
JJ Peirson 2014-2018 35 35 19 11 8
CD Hartley 2011-2013 18 18 12 11 1
C Kieswetter 2013-2014 8 8 9 7 2
BB McCullum 2011-2018 21 2 3 3 0

 

Current squad of Brisbane Heat:

 

Max Bryant
Joe Burns
Ben Cutting
Brendan Doggett
Sam Heazlett
Matt Kuhnemann
Marnus Labuschagne
Josh Lalor
Chris Lynn
Brendon McCullum (OS)
James Pattinson
James Peirson
Jack Prestwidge
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (OS)
Matthew Renshaw
Alex Ross
Mark Steketee
Mitchell Swepson

*Stats and squad updated before the start of BBL 2018-19