Key matches, analysis, form, team news, weather forecasts, tickets, TV and streaming info, odds, predictions and more ahead of the final Big Bash 2022/23 encounter
What is the correspondence?
Adelaide Strikers will host Brisbane Heat in Game 40 of the Big Bash 2022/23, the 12th edition of the tournament.
When does it take place?
The match is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. local time (5 a.m. GMT) on Saturday, January 14.
Where is the game played?
The match will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
Who has the form?
The Adelaide Strikers are third in the Big Bash standings and very well placed to secure a post-season spot, but they endured a night to forget in their last outing. The Melbourne Stars, who have won just twice all season, slashed the Strikers’ batting line-up, firing them for just 108 before winning by nine wickets with over a quarter of innings remaining. It ended a Strikers winning streak.
Brisbane Heat are enjoying a dismal BBL12 and are bottom of the pack after their nine matches, of which they have only won two.
With the bat, Chris Lynn and Matt Short have been in great shape for the Strikers – Thursday night aside. Lynn has 394 carries at an average of 44 this season and is batting above 144. Short, one of only two BBL Centurions in 2022/23, has 379 carries and is batting above 148.
Brisbane Heat need the players to step in with the bat after Colin Munro leaves. The Kiwi hit 278 carries at a strike rate over 150 but has now left the competition. The Heat’s leading scorer in their matchday squad on Saturday is Jimmy Peirson with 194.
With the ball, Henry Thornton is the Strikers’ leading wicket-taker with 16, but most have come early in the season and he’s averaged more than 10 carries per over in the last four games.
Chris Lynn scored for the pleasure of the Adelaide Strikers [Getty Images]
What is the key match?
Chris Lynn facing his former club. Lynn was a Heat mainstay for 11 years but moved to Adelaide before BBL12 and found rich form. At the top of the command, he and Matt Short disassembled attacks for fun throughout the campaign.
What’s the weather like?
Hot. Temperatures are expected to touch 33 degrees Celsius towards the start of the game. Very little chance of rain.
What’s up with the team?
Australian internationals Travis Head and Alex Carey return to the matchday squad to give the Adelaide Strikers a boost. Colin de Grandhomme is also back after missing the loss to the Melbourne Stars with a hamstring problem. Harry Neilsen and Ryan Gibson drop out.
Sam Hain is part of the Brisbane Heat squad for the first time and could make his BBL debut.
What are the teams?
Adelaide Attackers: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Chris Lynn, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Henry Thorton, Peter Siddle, Ben Manenti, Jordan Buckingham (local substitute)
Brisbane Heat: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Ross Whiteley, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Will Prestwidge , Josh Brown
*Teams are for the entire BBL and are not specific to this match
Sam Hain could make his Brisbane Heat debut [Getty Images]
What are the possible starting XIs?
Adelaide Attackers: Matt Short, Alex Carey, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly/Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Henry Thornton, Ben Manenti, Peter Siddle
Brisbane Heat: Usman Khawaja, Sam Hain, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant, Mitch Swepson, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann
What are the chances?
Brisbane Heat are an underdog with the bookmakers, with a best available price of 13/10. The Adelaide Strikers are big favorites at 4/6 in places.
What is the prediction?
Brisbane Heat have the best possible opportunity to take points from the Adelaide Strikers, who will be in shock after their performance on Thursday. But home field advantage should come to the rescue of the Strikers.
Are tickets available?
Yes. Tickets are available from $5 for children and $23 for adults, and can be purchased through Ticketek.
Where can I watch the game?
Sky Sports owns the UK rights for the BBL, with coverage split between Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Mix.
Ball-by-ball radio commentary will also be available via BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and BBC Sounds for selected matches.
Fox Sports and Seven Network both have TV rights in Australia, while coverage will also be available through the Kayo streaming service. Fox will broadcast every match, while 45 matches, including the knockout stages, will be shown for free on Channel Seven.
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