Samuel Badree (West Indies)
Ryan Duffield (Perth Scorchers)
Nathan Reardon (Adelaide Strikers)
Andrew Flintoff (England)
Nathan Hauritz (Sydney Thunder)
Chris Hartley (Sydney Thunder)
Chris Sabburg – the gun fielder who according to some ‘deserved a Baggy Green’ for his fielding efforts in the Gabba test last year.
Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
Samuel Badree (West Indies)
Replacement: Andrew Flintoff (England)
1. Joe Burns
2. Dan Christian
3. Peter Forrest
4. Chris Lynn
5. Nathan Reardon
6. Ben Cutting
7. James Hopes *
8. James Peirson +
9. Daniel Vettori
10. Alister McDermott
11. Samuel Badree
The Squad players
Mitchell Johnson Simon Milenko
The squad looks to have plenty of all rounders, who can produce a firepower innings but may lack a batsmen or two. There are plenty of fast bowlers in the line up but surprisingly a couple of very low profile ones have been preferred to more credentialed candidates – NIck Buchanan (son of John), Mark Stekete, who has played a handful of matches for the Heat and Queensland, Cameron Gannon who has had chucking problems in the past and hasn’t been seen in Queensland colours for a while.
Interestingly the supplementary list of players, which can be used if a squad player gets injured, includes fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Peter George as well as batsmen Ben McDermott, son of Craig.
The Heat have some low profile players, none more so than Simon Milenko, the best player in Brisbane grade cricket last season. The allrounder managed 3 Matador Cup games this year scoring a rapid half century and snaring some wickets until injury struck. Milenko is a highly credential young buck over the injury and making his way on the domestic cricket scene. If he gets a game, remember you heard the name here first at the Milenko fan club.
Of the internationals, Daniel Vettori returns yet again for the Heat and new signing, West Indies leg spinner Samuel Badree will depart mid January to be replaced by the comeback king Andrew Flintoff for a few matches – I’m not expecting much from Freddie to be honest.
Chris Hartley departs for Sydney Thunder meaning the keeping gloves are handed over to Jimmy Pierson – who? Peirson has only managed 3 one day games for Queensland (but did score a couple of half centuries) and a T20 tour match for the Cricket Australia XI but gets his opportunity in the big time now being the only keeper on the Heat’s list.
Nathan Hauritz also departed for the Thunder meaning that the Heat’s spinners are all internationals. Luke Pomersbach retired from professional cricket at the end of last season and his clean striking will be missed.
Australian players Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson won’t play. Chris Lynn hasn’t played yet this season for Queensland due to a shoulder reconstruction in the off season, so he must be considered an unlikely starter.
Underestimate this team at your peril. Yes, they may have an unknown keeper and low profile fast bowlers plus the enigma that is Simon Milenko but the Heat have plenty of experienced allrounders and some very clean strikers if correctly deployed, Ben Cutting being a case in point.