The 7th edition of the Big Bash League is set to commence from December 19, 2017. With the new season almost upon us, season 2 champions of Australia’s premier T-20 league, The Brisbane Heat are also working around the clock to build up a balanced squad like the other 7 teams. Brendon McCullum’s men have re-signed six young Aussies with a view to building up a squad for the future. The six players set to dawn the colors of heat for the next three seasons are: Joe Burns, Mitchell Swepson, Jimmy Peirson, Marnus Labuschagne , Mark Steketee & Sam Heazlett. All six of these men are Brisbane through & through, with their development being through the Queensland Cricket pathways system.
Heat coach Daniel Vettori seemed extremely excited by the prospect of being able to retain these six young blood in their squad. The Kiwi legend said, “We feel like we are building some special with the current crop of players and the signings of Joe, Mark, Marnus, Sam, Jimmy & Mitchell gives us the much needed balance for the upcoming seasons. While the nature of current T-20 cricket meaning player turnovers from season to season, we believe that the re-singing of these homegrown players will help developing the values & culture we are building at the club”.
Speaking about Joe Burns, Dan said, “I think it’s fantastic that we can reward someone like Joe who’s our 2nd highest run scorer in history & also a key member of the Heat side that won BBL season 2, while we keep on investing in young bloods like Sam and Mitchell who have already been recognized as international players.”
There are still five places up for grabs in the Heat squad and the coaches Vettori & fellow Kiwi legend Shane Bond will hope to wrap up the proceedings as early as this month when they come to Auatralia for the JLT One-Day cup. The expanded 17-18 BBL season means the Heat will play 10 games home & away each, 20 in total. They’ll start their season at the Gabba against the Melbourne Stars on December 20th.