RELIEVED: Jack Wildermuth is glad the Heat have big hitters Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum in their ranks.
RELIEVED: Jack Wildermuth is glad the Heat have big hitters Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum in their ranks. CRAIG GOLDING

BRISBANE Heat all-rounder Jack Wildermuth says he is glad th

BRISBANE Heat all-rounder Jack Wildermuth says he is glad that he has Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum in his team for tonight's Big Bash clash with the Sydney Sixers at the Gabba.

The pair has combined for 316 runs in the Heat's three wins so far this Big Bash campaign.

Lynn has hit scores of 85 and 81 for a total of 198 to lead the batting rankings, while Heat skipper McCullum has chipped in with 118 runs with a top score of 72.

Last time out the pair put on a partnership of 99 runs in the seven-wicket win over the Hurricanes and Wildermuth said he wouldn't swap the pair for any others at the moment.

"Me and a few of the bowlers are sitting back and saying thank goodness we are on the Heat side,” the 23-year-old from Toowoomba said.

"It's tough enough bowling in the nets with them hitting the ball back at you, let alone out there.

"Every team has got those one or two players who can hit a pretty good ball, but our guys are going well.”

Wildermuth was part of the Heat squad for the Big Bash last season but did not get a game.

This time he has picked up four wickets in the three wins so far and scored a crucial 29 in the three-wicket success over Sydney Thunder to help Lynn get his team over the line.

He said he was surprised how relaxed he was playing in front of the big crowds the tournament had attracted.

"You have all those expectations going into these games,” he said.

"I have really enjoyed it. I thought I would be quite nervous but I have actually been pretty good out there.

"Some of the guys we have in our team, McCullum, Lynn, that definitely makes you more relaxed having them on your side.”

The Heat takes on the Sixers tonight in front of what should be another big crowd at the Gabba.

Coach Daniel Vettori has made one change from the team that defeated the Hurricanes, with former Test batsman Alex Doolan coming into the 13-man squad.

Doolan, who has recovered from a broken jaw, will replace Nathan Reardon who is on secondment to the Northern Knights in New Zealand.

PHIL DILLON



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