Dan Lawrence, Morne Morkel and Lewis Gregory are the big
name international recruits, along with key locals Tom Cooper and Jack
Gregory won’t be available until the new year due to international duty with England, while Tom Banton has recently withdrawn from the entire tournament.
The positions of Mitch Swepson and Joe Burns are uncertain
due to their place in Australia’s Test squad, and with strict bubble conditions
expected it’s hard to see them featuring in the early stages of the tournament.
To further complicate matters, Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was
initially expected to play the entire tournament, may miss games due to the
recent announcement of Afghanistan’s series with Ireland in the UAE in January.
Mark Steketee has been picked for Australia A
and will miss the opening game or two for the Heat, but we’ve added him to the
XI as he won’t miss much action.
Despite the uncertainty, we’ve thrown together a projected starting XI for the Heat’s opener based on what we know.
Jack Wildermuth (BAT/BWL) // $62,500 // BBL09 SC ave:
The talented all-rounder has been batting at seven for
Queensland in the Shield, while he batted at eight for the Renegades last
The all-rounder status is handy, but how many overs will he
bowl? The new SuperCoach rules state that economy rate bonus is only added
after three overs (two overs last season), which further dents his buy
If he earns any sort of batting promotion (unlikely) or he bowls
max overs I’ll consider, but not for me at this stage.
Mark Steketee (BWL) // $87,500 //
BBL09 SC ave: 43.7
Steketee will miss the first game or two due to Australia A
duty, but should be back for the remainder of the tournament from there.
He played just three games last campaign and took three
wickets in the process.
His Shield form, most recently taking 4/43 v SA, earned him
the Australia A call up.
He’s capable with the bat and could earn some very handy
late order runs to bolster his scoring.
In 37 career T20s he has a nice return of 42 wickets, at an
economy of 8.74 which would see him earn very few bonus points in that regard.
With Morkel and Laughlin on deck, it’s unlikely he’ll be
handed the pill for the all-important final overs of the innings where wickets
fall for fun and major SuperCoach wickets are scored.
I’ll be avoiding early on but keeping a close eye on him to see if he can translate his Shield form into the shorter format of the game.