Sydney Thunder (THU) will take on Brisbane Heat (HEA) in the second match of Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Monday, December 6.
Led by Usman Khawaja, Sydney Thunder had finished third in the group stage last season, registering eight wins in 14 matches. Interestingly, the Thunder were knocked out by Brisbane Heat in the Knockout final.
On the other hand, Chris Lynn-led Brisbane Heat had made a late charge in BBL 10, only to bow out to Perth Scorchers in the Challenger final. Ahead of the new season, the Heat have appointed Jimmy Pierson as their new captain in place of Lynn, who decided to relinquish his duties in order to focus more on his batting.
THU vs HEA Dream11 prediction
Brisbane Heat have a superior head-to-head record against Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League, winning 10 of the 13 matches played between these two sides. HEA had also won two of their three matches against THU last season and will have an edge going into Monday’s BBL clash.
THU vs HEA Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22
Top tip: Best batter
Sydney Thunder opening batter Alex Hales had a memorable BBL last season as he finished as the highest run-getter in the tournament. The 32-year-old amassed 543 runs in 15 matches at a strike rate of 161.60 while also maintaining a decent average of 38.78. Hales is tipped to continue his impressive form against Brisbane Heat in their first match of BBL 2021-22.
Top tip: Best bowler
Mark Steketee was the wrecker-in-chief for Brisbane Heat in the last edition of BBL.The right-arm pacer took 24 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 21.75. Brisbane Heat will once again bank on Steketee to provide crucial breakthroughs on Monday.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, one can pick Brisbane Heat’s Marnus Labuschagne in your fantasy cricket team. The 27-year-old had scored 176 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 123.07. He also picked 10 wickets in the tournament. At 9.5 credits, Labuschagne can be a valuable addition in any fantasy cricket team.
For the wicket-keeper spot, Sydney Thunder’s Sam Billings pips Brisbane Heat captain Jimmy Pierson due to his match-winning capabilities with the bat. The Englishman is a dangerous middle-order batter who can change the course of the match in a few overs.
THU vs HEA full squads
THU squad: Usman Khawaja (captain), Chris Green, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes (wicket-keeper), Alex Hales, Baxter Holt (wicket-keeper), Saqib Mahmood, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
HEA squad: Jimmy Pierson (captain/wicket-keeper), Tom Abell, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Ducket (wicket-keeper), Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans
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