Winners of the 2013 Big Bash League, the Brisbane Heat will know what is needed to go all the way. Individual and collective big match temperament goes a long way in cosmopolitan tournaments such as this.
<b>Captain:</b> James Hopes<br><b>Coach:</b> Stuart Law<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Did not play<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 7/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>12-1</a>
<b>Strengths</b><br>Winners of the 2013 Big Bash League, the Brisbane Heat will know what is needed to go all the way. Individual and collective big match temperament goes a long way in cosmopolitan tournaments such as this.
While hard-hitting opener Luke Pomersbach's withdrawal due to personal reasons is an inconvenience, it will allow Joe Burns to truly step from the shadows. Burn struck the franchise's most sixes in this year's BBL.
Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera's contractual allegiance to the Sunrisers Hyderabad accounted for, the Heat will be happy to rely on the homegrown Ben Cutting for key wickets and quick runs. Cutting, largely, should prove the yin to Dan Christian's yang.
<b>Weaknesses</b><br>Fast bowler Ryan Harris has been sidelined by a hamstring and, while this hurts the Heat's campaign, the greater good of the country's Ashes aspirations will leave him sidelined throughout the competition.
Three fixtures have been hotfooted out of Hyderabad due to security reasons, leaving the Heat's preparation marred by late travel changes. Instead of spending one settled week in the city, they will have to board multiple flights between Ranchi and Mohali.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is the only player heading into the contest with some individual momentum. He was in action during the recent Caribbean Premier League, while the rest haven't seen match practice since January.
<b>Star Player</b><br>The low and slow conditions on offer on the sub-continent are likely to play right into the hands of spinner <b>Nathan Hauritz</b>, who opened the attack with great success earlier this year.
<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>The cousin of former Australia seamer Andy Bichel, the inexperienced Chris Sabburg didn't bat or ball in any of his three 2013 Big Bash appearances. The franchise can't afford to carry such a passenger again.
<b>Squad</b><br>James Hopes, Joe Burns, Daniel Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Dom Michael, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Gale, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Cameron Gannon, Alex Kemp, Kemar Roach, Chris Sabburg.
<b>Fixtures</b><br>Sunday, 22 September: v Trinidad and Tobago, Ranchi<br>Tuesday, 24 September: v Titans, Chandigarh<br>Saturday, 28 September: v Chennai Super Kings, Ranchi<br>Monday, 30 September: v TBC, Ahmedabad
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