2017-18 Big Bash League: Heat, Hurricanes & Thunder

December 15, 2017 by Posted in Articles

As we look ahead to a bigger and better Big Bash 2017-18, we previewed five teams in our earlier series. In this final preview, we throw light on the teams Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, and Sydney Thunder as we await the start of KFC Big Bash 07.
Be sure to check out our previous team previews and stay tuned for our season preview and betting tips to come!

Brisbane Heat
The Brisbane Heat rode on Chris Lynn pyrotechnics to finish second in the league last year, but were bounced out in the semis. With question marks on Lynn after his shoulder surgery, the Heat will be looking for inspiration elsewhere!

And, that would be from their overseas imports Brendon McCullum and Shadab Khan. While McCullum is no stranger to the Heat having led them admirably last season and is expected to do a similar job this year, a lot is expected of the exciting Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab.

Without a doubt, the Heat has one of the most exciting lineups you can see in this year BBL. Their challenge would be to convert that into consistent results. Should Lynn be available even for a portion of their games, the Heat could burn the opponents out.

Player to watch: Shadab Khan
X-Factor: Chris Lynn
Prediction: Top four
Odds: $6.50 at Sportsbet

Hobart Hurricanes
The Hurricanes had high hopes last year, but once again came a cropper finishing seventh. This means, they have missed the finals three years in a row; no wonder that the club has gone on a revamping spree to improve the fortunes!

Highly-rated Gary Kirsten comes in as coach while Stuart Broad and Kumar Sangakkara have been let go, for different reasons. Shaun Tait has retired, and Jonathan Wells has been traded to Adelaide Strikers.

The overseas baton will be with the little-known Jofra Archer and the English pace sensation Tymal Mills. Archer is a hot prospect from Sussex with West Indian roots and could be a surprise package.

But, the Hurricanes look short of cover in other areas and a lot is expected of the veterans George Bailey and Dan Christian.

Player to watch: Ben McDermott
X-Factor: Tymal Mills
Prediction: Bottom four
Odds: $13 at Sportsbet

Sydney Thunder
Thunder flattered to deceive last season and ended up with the wooden spoon, but will hope for better fortunes this time around. The excitement comes around the overseas signings as both Jos Buttler and Mitchell McClenaghan are regulars on the international T20 circuit and bring a lot of experience.

However, international commitments will ruin their hopes of having a consistent XI as Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Buttler will miss a chunk of games. The onus will be on skipper Shane Watson – who could be on his last leg in BBL – who will have to shoulder a lot of batting responsibility.

Callum Ferguson adds experience while the likes of Aiden Blizzard, Ben Rohrer, and Kurtis Patterson can be destructive on their day. However, Thunder look good to be competitive, but may not be pushing the top-four.

Player to watch: Mitchell McCleneghan
X-Factor: Shane Watson
Prediction: Bottom four
Odds: $11 at Sportsbet

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