Little-known Brisbane newcomer Josh Brown will try to revitalize the Heat as they take on the Sydney Sixers at the sold-out North Sydney Oval.
With the Sixers winning the toss and opting to bowl Wednesday night, he won’t have to wait long to get a shot.
However, the collision was postponed due to rain and cover was put up at the North Sydney Oval.
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Heat star Sam Billings says the surface needs to be “safe” once the cover is removed to restart the game.
Play is scheduled to resume at 7:10pm local time and the match will be reduced to a contest of 13 overs for each side.
Brown lit the gabba on New Year’s Day, posting an impressive 62 in just 23 balls in his second game in the Big Bash League.
Legendary Adam Gilchrist named Brown his “new favorite player.”
Sixers veteran Dan Hughes said his team is more aware of what Brown can do with the bat after the New Year’s Day clash.
“We literally had five minutes of conversation about him before the game. Obviously I don’t know where to bowl on Wednesday night,” he told SEN.
“North Sydney Oval wouldn’t be big enough for him.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before. It was great to see the player there and take his chance.”
Heat coach Wade Secombe hopes Brown will not prove to be a ‘one-innings marvel’ and can repeat his heroism at the North Sydney Oval.
“He has to clear 60 meters to put it on the hill,” he laughed on RSN radio.
There was also a great deal of controversy as heat bowler Michael Nether made an athletic catch in and out of the playing area that surprised many and was finally declared legal.
More importantly for the Heat, it was their second win of the season, repeating the feat to move them from the bottom of the BBL table.
Secom is wary of heading to the small North Sydney Oval, where a miss-hit easily clears the ropes.
“Sometimes (in North Sydney) field placement doesn’t matter,” he said.
“Considering the size of the ground, I think we are playing cricket, which we usually play.
“Mis-hits are expected to pass overhead. Bowlers are hiding for free. Just accept being hit a few times.”
As for the Sixers, they aim to return to their four-game winning streak by the end of 2022.
They made two changes to the team that lost to the Heat on New Year’s Day. Import Chris his Jordan returned for his second bout of the tournament and Stephen O’Keeffe returned from injury.
Jackson Byrd made way for Jordan and Isarlhak Naveed was demoted to O’Keeffe.
The match will start at 6:05pm EDT from the North Sydney Oval.
Sixers: Josh Phillip (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Enriquez (c), Jordan Silk, Dan Christian, Hayden Carr, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarthuis, Chris Jordan, Stephen O’Keeffe
heat: Josh Brown, Colin Munro, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Billings, Jimmy Peirson (c) (wk), Ross Whiteley, James Bazley, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Mitch Sweepson, Matt Kuhnemann
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