Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers, 1st Match
December 19, 2018
The Gabba, Brisbane
The eighth season of the Big Bash League will begin with defending champions Adelaide Strikers taking on Brisbane Heat, who finished seventh on the points table last season. The visiting team Strikers have a good record against Heat, winning three of the last four games, which will give them a lot of confidence heading into the clash.
However, the absence of their skipper Travis Head, who is away on international duty, is sure to affect their chances and it will be imperative that Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and Colin Ingram pitch in with the bat. The first two players struck a hundred for the side in the BBL last season while Ingram has plenty of experience, having played in various T20 leagues all over the world. Their bowling will be led by the wily Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin, who were on top of their game and the Strikers can hope they can outfox the rival team, who have plenty of match-winners in their ranks.
Brisbane Heat will be led by Chris Lynn, who took over the role from Brendon McCullum for 2018/19. Both these players will have a huge role to play in the turnaround for the franchise this season. Their bowling has been bolstered by the addition of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who replaced Shadab Khan, and along with James Pattinson and Mark Stekettee - the best bowler for Heat last