The stage is all set for the first encounter of the Australian T20 League. The blockbuster tournament will commence with the clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder at the Gabba in Brisbane on 17th of December. The match will begin at 1:40 PM IST.
After a disappointing last season, both the teams will be eager to start their campaign with a win. Both Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder have added some big names in their roster.
While Heat has recruited former South Africa international batting maestro AB de Villiers in their squad, Thunders have also strengthened their team with the signings of South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris and England ‘s opening batsman Alex Hales.
Brisbane Heat has also signed the young sensation Tom Banton. Banton along with Lynn and Bryant will be a big threat to the Thunder’s bowlers. Brisbane Heat will be the favourites prior to the start of the game with home conditions also favouring them.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, has a resourceful unit in place. With the likes of Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson and Chris Morris, thunders can give a tough fight to Brisbane Heat.
Callum Ferguson will be leading Sydney Thunder this season. Usman Khawaja will probably open the batting alongside skipper Ferguson.
Overall the Thunder is looking a very well-balanced side and we can expect a cracking contest on Tuesday.
Head to Head
Gabba is known for high-scoring encounters. The pacers will get additional help from the surface. Scores of 180 and above are a common sight here and both the teams will prefer to chase in this wicket.
The weather is clear for this game, and the temperature will be around 22 degrees Celsius.
Probable Playing XI
Chris Lynn (c), Tom Banton (wk), AB De Villiers, Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ben Laughlin, Mitchell Swepson.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khuwaja, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Chris Green.
AB De Villiers