The Brisbane Heat, who play their matches at The Gabba, are one-time champions in the Big Bash. They won the 2012-13 edition by beating the Perth Scorchers in the final at the WACA by a considerable margin of 34 runs.
But that’s as good as it got for the Heat, who haven’t so much as made a final since and only made three Playoff appearances in total, including the year they went all the way.
In 2014-15 they actually finished rock bottom in the Group Stages and have often struggled for consistency, generally being good at home at a high-scoring ground but struggling on the road, where they’ve failed to adapt to conditions.
But they had a decent run last year in the Playoffs and will feel that a repeat of that effort, or better, is within their grasp.
In fact, they only ever made one semi-final since then. How are they seen by Big Bash betting experts? Let’s find out!
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Brisbane Heat Best Odds
The Heat have been priced up by various sites offering online cricket betting for the league. The best odds for the Brisbane Heat to win the Big Bash League 2021-22 are 8.0 at Betway.
That makes them the fifth-favourites from the eight teams and pretty much bang in the middle when it comes to where they’re viewed as possible winners.
Those odds seem about fair for a side that hasn’t been consistent over the years but has a good spine to the side and a couple of world-class players thrown in there who can make the difference.
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Predicted Group Stage Finish: 5th
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Brisbane Heat Performance 2020-21
That the Heat even made the Playoffs was nothing short of a minor miracle. They lost their first three matches of the season, lost overseas star Tom Banton to ‘bubble fatigue’ and another overseas player, Dan Lawrence, had a really poor season.
To make matters even worse, star all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was on Test match duty for almost the whole season, only returning at the end of the campaign.
Captain and talisman Chris Lynn also missed four matches halfway through but was excellent while he was there, hitting 458 runs in 13 games including five fifties.
They won their last two games of the season to make the Playoffs, where they got the better of the Adelaide Strikers and then the Sydney Thunder.
At this stage they were just one match away from the final but the Scorchers were too strong for them.
But it was a decent run nonetheless.
Brisbane Heat Performance 2019-20
There was so much hope going into the new season after it was announced that South African superstar batsman AB de Villiers would be joining them for the second half of the season.
But it ended up being the same old story. They finished seventh in the Group Stages, admittedly just one win away from reaching the Play-Offs, with six wins and eight defeats. Victory over the Renegades in their last match would have seen them qualify, but it wasn’t to be. When De Villiers finally arrived, he only hit one fifty in six matches and didn’t have quite the impact they expected.
The problem was the same one as ever. They could bat with the likes of Lynn and Matt Renshaw having good seasons, but their bowling was poor.
Far too many players were going at 8 or 9 an over with only really Afghan pair Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan (who played half a season each) showing decent economy rates, at below 7 an over.
Brisbane Heat facts
- Chris Lynn is the highest run-scorer in BBL history with 2790 runs to his name, over 300 runs more than anyone else.
- Lynn also has the most sixes in Big Bash history with 172, 75 more than the next best.
- They also have the Big Bash top bowler in their ranks. Veteran Ben Laughlin has 111 wickets, the only one to have passed the 100-mark, bar Sean Abbott.
- The Heat have an overall BBL win rate of just 44.25%, the second-lowest in the Bash after the Sydney Thunder.
- The Heat were one of three teams that Dan Christian has won a BBL title with. The others are the Melbourne Renegades and the Sixers (where he currently plays).
Brisbane Heat 2021-22 players
Xavier Bartlett, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Chris Lynn, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Peirson (c), Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Willans, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Ben Duckett, Tom Abell, Jack Wildermuth, James Bazley, Matt Kuhnemann, Max Bryant, Connor Sully
Captain: Jimmy Peirson
Peirson stood in for Chris Lynn last season when Lynn was unavailable and did an extremely good job of marshalling the troops.
This will be his eighth season at the Heat and he’s now played a total of 77 matches in the competition so he’s certainly experienced enough.
Also a fine wicket-keeper and capable ‘finisher’ with the bat, he was given the job to allow Lynn to focus a bit more on his batting, which is understandable given he’s their main man with the bat.
A strike rate in the BBL of 124 suggests he’s no slouch and can play some big shots when necessary.
Key Player: Chris Lynn
In many ways, Chris Lynn isn’t so much the captain of the Heat as he is the Heat. Now into his eleventh season at the Heat, he’s been there from the start, the last few seasons as captain.
His record in the competition as an opener or number three is outstanding as you can see from the fact that he’s not just the BBL’s top scorer in history but by a huge distance.
When he plays those innings where just about every other ball goes for six, the locals refer to it as ‘Lynn-sanity’. However, his captaincy hasn’t always been of the same standard and the Heat have suffered for it. Which is probably why they’re giving Peirson a chance this year.
Has a bad habit of getting injured almost every season and missing matches as a result.
But if he stays fit for the whole season, they could be dangerous.
Game-changer: Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The Afghan twirler has made a very good living out of just playing in different T20 tournaments round the world. By doing so, he’s accumulated huge knowledge and experience of different playing conditions and being up against different players.
Australian wickets aren’t always the easiest for overseas players to bowl on but he’s done a fine job for the Heat before. They’ll need him to be at his best in his four overs because he’s alongside Morne Morkel, just about the only bowler they have who is both a wicket-taker and someone who can dry up the runs.
Has added another string to his bow in recent years by opening the bowling and taking early wickets.
Brisbane Heat BBL 2021-22 analysis
Same old story. Lynn and Mujeeb are world-class players. Tom Abell and Ben Duckett are reliable overseas signings and the likes of Peirson, Swepson (if available from Test duty), Steketee and Morkel are decent enough.
But they always have two or three players not at quite the same level as the other top BBL sides. That puts a little too much pressure on the usual stars to come up with the goods.
But they generally have a good team ethos and are decent at home so they shouldn’t be discounted entirely.
Chris Lynn can take any game away from you over the course of five overs with his big-hitting and is after all, the BBL’s top scorer by a country mile. And he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Last season he was brilliant.
Mujeeb is a world-class player who can bowl at any stage of the innings and will be far too good for many of BBL’s batsmen. Overseas signing Tom Abell will provide an extra batting option as well as some balance given he’s also a decent bowler.
Most BBL teams have a top-class strike bowler who bowls with pace and is a menace but in the case of the Heat, it’s hard to see who that might be. Morkel’s best years are probably in the past and good though Steketee is, he’s not particularly quick.
They’re also overly reliant on Lynn, with no other batsmen capable of returning high strike rates and too often playing the safe game rather than being explosive.