Big Bash League preview: Brisbane Heat team guide
After failing to qualify for the finals for the last couple of summers, Brisbane Heat hope AB de Villiers will give them an edge during BBL|09.
Brisbane Heat didn't make it to the semi-finals last summer, despite winning their last three games in style. They finished the regular season in fifth and must be hoping BBL|09 will finally be their time to shine. Especially after signing South African superstar and T20 legend AB de Villiers, who will arrive just in time for the franchise's final six matches.
The Heat have been pretty active in the international market, bringing in the likes of Zahir Khan (Afghanistan) and Tom Banton (England, set to play only the first eight matches). All in all, Brisbane Heat are definitely one of the teams to watch in the upcoming BBL season.
How to watch Brisbane Heat BBL matches
Cricket fans can watch Brisbane Heat matches live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. For more details, check out our comprehensive guide on how to watch the BBL.
Live stream BBL|09 on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now
The easiest way to keep up with Brisbane Heat is with Kayo Sports, which streams all BBL matches live via the Internet.
Watch Brisbane Heat BBL matches on Kayo Sports
A Basic subscription to the service costs $25/month, while a Premium subscription will set you back $35/month.
Whichever one you choose, you will get access to the platform's entire library of live and on-demand content, with coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world. The only difference is that a Basic subscription lets you watch on two screens at the same time while a Premium one supports three simultaneous streams.
Kayo Sports comes with exciting features like SplitView, which lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen. Read more about the platform in our detailed Kayo Sports review. You can access the service via web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Chromecast and Samsung TV (2018 or later). New users get a 14-day free trial.
To follow Brisbane Heat with Fox Cricket you will need a Foxtel iQ subscription with the Sports HD pack. Once that's done, you can watch matches on TV or stream them to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
The Sports HD pack is available on top of the basic Foxtel Plus pack, which offers a variety of entertainment channels. You will also get the iQ4, the telco's advanced set-top box, which lets you watch content in 4K quality and record live TV.
Alternatively, you can keep up with Brisbane Heat on Foxtel Now. You will need to subscribe to the Sport channel pack, which costs $29/month. That's on top of the base Essentials channel pack, priced at $25/month. New Foxtel Now clients get a 10-day free trial.
The service is available on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. Or, you can access Foxtel Now on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4 and the Foxtel Now box.
Brisbane Heat schedule
The new BBL season starts with Brisbane Heat against Sydney Thunder on Tuesday 17 December. You can see the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09 below or you can see the entire Big Bash League schedule here.
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Tue, 17 Dec||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder||The Gabba||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 20 Dec||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars||Metricon Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 22 Dec||Sixer vs Brisbane Heat||SCG||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wed, 1 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers||Metricon Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 3 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat||Blundstone Arena||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Mon, 6 Jan||Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat||Sydney Showground Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thu, 9 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||The Gabba||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 11 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat||Optus Stadium||9:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tue, 14 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers||The Gabba||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Fri, 17 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Brisbane Heat||Adelaide Oval||3:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sun, 19 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades||The Gabba||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thu, 23 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers||The Gabba||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 25 Jan||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat||MCG||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 27 Jan||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat||Marvel Stadium||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Brisbane Heat squad
Besides the transfers mentioned earlier, Brisbane Heat also brought in Ben Laughlin from the Strikers. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:
|Player||Age||Caps||Position||Batting rank||Bowling rank||Allrounder rank|
|AB de Villiers||35||304||Batter||>100||>100||>100|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||18||92||Batter||>100||2||>100|
Brisbane Heat history
After failing to qualify for the finals in the inaugural season of the BBL, Brisbane Heat turned things around and won BBL|02, their only championship title so far. Since then, they only made the semi-finals one more time, during BBL|06.
The team play their home games at The Gabba and Metricon Stadium. Darren Lehmann is the coach, while big hitter Chris Lynn is captain.
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Image source: Brisbane Heat website
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