Heat coach makes changes in bid for win
BRISBANE Heat coach Dan Vettori has called up promising young batsman Sam Heazlett and seamer Luke Feldman for tonight's match against the Hobart Hurricanes as he searches for a winning formula in the Big Bash League.
Winless from its first three games, the Heat must beat Hobart to keep its flickering semi-final hopes alive.
The Hurricanes are second-last on the table, opening with a poor loss to the Sixers in Sydney before beating Brisbane by 20 runs in Hobart a week ago.
The Heat squad has clocked up plenty of frequent flier points since, returning to Brisbane for Christmas, then heading to Perth where it went down to the Scorchers by nine wickets.
Batsman Peter Forrest (hamstring) and young all-rounder Jack Wildermuth (omitted) are out of the squad that lost to the Scorchers, Heazlett getting a call-up after being approved by the BBL technical committee as a replacement for injured pace bowler Nick Buchanan.
Tim Paine, Kumar Sangakkara and George Bailey got the job done with the bat against the Heat in Hobart, and Hurricanes coach Damien Wright said the bowlers were looking to step up at the Gabba.
"The batting group bounced back brilliantly last game and I know the bowling group are looking to put a good performance on the board also," he said.
Meanwhile, the Sixers' hopes were hit for six in the five-wicket loss to the Melbourne Stars on Sunday night, with Sydney captain Moises Henriques in danger of missing the rest of the summer after re-injuring his calf.
Henriques sustained the injury as he attempted a run in his top score of 41 in the Sixers' total of 6-139, a target the Stars reeled in on the back of half-centuries to Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb.