Wednesday’s Big Bash 2016/2017 Semi Final 2017 match is between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers. The match is set to commence at 19:45 local time with the game to be played in Brisbane at the Gabba. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers.
When: 19:45 | Wednesday 25/01/2017
Where: Brisbane, Gabba
Brisbane’s regular season ended in almost comical fashion with the loss of three wickets in the final over causing them to fall slightly short of the Renegades’ healthy target of 200.
The Heat had done enough earlier in the event to nab a home final though and should be primed to produce their best after a three-year absence from the playoffs.
With Chris Lynn sidelined, skipper Brendon McCullum surely holds the key to their chances with his ability to dominate all forms of bowling.
The likeable Kiwi boasts an outstanding strike rate of 170 and will go hard after Jackson Bird from ball one. Will the Sixers persist with the tactic of opening the bowling with Johan Botha?
The bowling remains a concern though, with the Heat conceding the second-most amount of runs of any side through the eight group games.
Mark Steketee led the attack with 13 scalps to his name thus far but he copped some tap against the Renegades and the Heat arguably lack a death bowler they can truly rely upon.
The Sixers confirmed their spot in the finals with a backs-to-the-wall victory over the Stars on Saturday, thanks largely to Botha and the impressive Sean Abbott.
The tournament’s leading wicket-taker, Abbott proved his worth with the bat as well to rescue an ailing chase and he must be included in the national side for next month’s series against Sri Lanka.
The visitors will also derive confidence from their ability to chase down 186 here earlier in the tournament and their 5-1 career head-to-head record against the Heat.
Opener Daniel Hughes top scored with a hard-hitting 85 on that occasion and figures to enjoy the extra pace and bounce in this pitch again.
Brisbane Heat squad
Brendon McCullum (c), Samuel Badree, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Andrew Fekete, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, James Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.
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New Formula One chief Chase Carey intends to put fans first in a new era likely to see a big push into the United States while also protecting Europe’s historic races.
Speaking to Reuters a day after he replaced long-time supremo Bernie Ecclestone at the helm following the takeover by US company Liberty Media, Carey outlined his immediate priorities.
Formula One, he said, was neither efficient nor effective in its decision-making, cost too much to compete in, needed a more level playing field and had to abandon a divide-and-rule mentality.
“Really what we want to create is more of a shared vision,” said the 62-year-old American, saying the sport needed a new organisation that enabled fans to engage live and on media platforms as never before.
The United States, which currently has just the one race in Austin, Texas, represented a growth area.
“We think there is a real opportunity to engage the American public in a new and exciting way, and probably one of the components is putting another race there and in a destination city,” said Carey.
“We want these events to be big, broad. I’ve talked about 21 Super Bowls. We want them to have that type of feel which probably means a city like New York, LA, Miami or Las Vegas that people would come to for the week.
“The sport would be at the centre of it but there would be a lot of stuff going on for everybody throughout that time frame.”
European tracks such as Britain’s Silverstone, which hosted the first championship grand prix in 1950, Spa and Monza have struggled to pay ever-increasing hosting fees in the past while Germany has dropped off this year’s calendar.
Silverstone has been mulling over exercising a break clause, which would terminate its contract in 2019, for financial reasons.
Carey said preserving such races was important but, rather than reducing the fees, the new owners aimed at creating more value.
“We’re the new guy on the block so everyone is coming in and saying we need a reduction. I don’t buy that,” he said.
“I think what we need to do is make the races better and more valuable and figure out a way to grow… I think there’s a lot we can do. Western Europe, which is the foundation of the sport, is very important to us.”
Carey indicated, however, that hosting fees were no longer the prime consideration.
“When I think about the events, I usually think about three things and in this order of priority: fans, growth and money,” he said.
“Fans probably means making sure the races in Western Europe, which is the foundation, are great and successful.
“Growth is sort of U.S. and China and places like that where there is real upside to create a new audience for it and money helps us have the resources to continue to invest and grow the sport.”