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LIVE: Brisbane Heat welcome six full players back to their XI of play
as they take on the less well-placed Adelaide Strikers in a crucial clash with the BBL.
The desperate Heat had to call in a group of last-minute replacement players for their last two games – the two losses – after a huge outbreak of Covid-19 in the squad.
The Strikers won the bat flip and hit Gabba first, sitting 1-79 over 10 overs with Jake Weatherald 20 and Henry Hunt 23.
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Hot youngster Will Prestwidge made the first breakthrough with his third BBL wicket in as many appearances.
Quickly gifted, Prestwidge had Matt Short caught for 27, but not before being hit twice by defensive players throwing the ball into the stumps.
Commentator Brenton Speed said, “He’s in the crosshairs tonight, Matt Short. He’s beaten up and bruised – not because of what the bowlers are doing, but because of the field men.
Brett Lee said, “It’s gonna sting … It’s gonna be painful”
Lee added, “He’s like a pinball machine! … He’s like the Buck running through a paintball on Buck’s Day, you are just chosen for the fun of it! “
Speed added: “The stumps are missing a few meters!
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Now Xavier Bartlett, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn and Nathan McSweeney have all been allowed to return after spending a week in isolation since testing positive for COVID-19.
Bartlett told Fox Cricket: “I’m like a little kid again this Christmas, to be back.”
He added that he had stayed fit in the seclusion thanks to “Lots of backyard cricket to be honest. Nathan McSweeney and Matt Kuhnemann, we all stayed together. So (we played) a lot of backyard cricket! “
Max Bryant, Mark Steketee and Jack Wildermuth also returned to the 18-man squad for the clash, but were not named in the starting XI.
But the Heat will still be without captain Jimmy Peirson, while the club also said some players and staff – including coach Wade Seccombe – were not yet allowed to return, or were still showing symptoms.
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The Heat are also without Pakistani hitter Fakhar Zaman, who cannot enter Queensland due to border restrictions. That means five of the Heat’s substitutes have been named to the 18-man squad for tonight’s clash: wicket keeper Lachlan Pfeffer, spinners Paddy Dooley and Jack Wood, hitter Jake Lehmann and crimper David Grant. .
The Heat sit in fifth place in the standings – last place in the race to advance to the final. But the BBL scale is currently so tight that the Queenslanders could be overtaken by the Strikers if Adelaide’s side win tonight.
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