Sydney Thunder take to the field against Brisbane Heat at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night looking to finally break their 17 game Big Bash losing streak. There have been a couple of close calls for the Thunder lately – Perth eventually handing them their latest defeat at the weekend with four balls remaining.
Eoin Morgan’s stint with the Thunder has come to an end as he is now on ODI duty with England. The loss of Morgan is offset by the return of Usman Khawaja from a hamstring strain. He has missed three games after making a good start to the campaign against the Sixers at the SCG.
Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis will make his debut on Wednesday. Mendis has the two best bowling figures of all time in T20 internationals, and is known for an unpredictable mix of deliveries. All-rounder Andrew Tye also available for the first time this campaign after recovering from injury.
It has not been a great title defence so far for Brisbane Heat, with only one win on the board from their opening four games. Joe Burns has been ruled out of the Heat side with a hamstring injury, but former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori may be fit to play at ANZ Stadium after he had to leave the field in the last game against the Sixers with a back problem.
Wednesday 8th January, ANZ Stadium Homebush 19:40
Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat