Heat captain describes Warwick paceman as a "jet”
CRICKET: If a cricketer needs the support of his captain to perform, Warwick paceman Mark Steketee certainly has it.
Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum is high in praise of the young Warwick paceman who has been an influential part of the Heat top of the table performance so far this season in the KFC Big Bash League.
Steketee hails from a farming area in the Swan Creek./Freestone area east of Warwick and played his first senior cricket with the Maryvale club in the Warwick Cricket Association.
The Warwick paceman only conceded five runs in the final over of one innings to secure a win and then batted well with Chris Lynn at the end of an innings to secure a win in the last over against the Thunder.
McCullum describes Steketee as a "jet".
"He's been great so far this campaign for us. He's gone well in the power play, in the mid overs and at the death, and has done it very consistently," McCullum, the former New Zealand captain said.
"He's a good man and just gets in and gets the job done with minimal fuss and bother. Mark didn't panic when he came out to bat against the Thunder when we needed cool heads too.
"All the young bowlers have been doing the job so far and he's gone really well in that group. "
The Brisbane Heat confirmed late yesterday's that tonight's game against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba is a sell-out.
Steketee is in the 14 for the game against Perth tonight. He has been in the 11 for every game this season so is expected to play, especially as he definitely has the backing of his captain.
Two batsmen have been added to the squad as Lynn has been called up for national 50-over duties with Australia.
After tonight's game, the Heat have one more game at the Gabba in the rounds. The Heat men play the Melbourne Renegades on January 20 at 6.40pm.
Earlier in the day on January 20, the Heat women play the Strikers at 1.10pm. With Delissa Kimmince in the Heat women's team, there will be a Warwick connection on the field all day.
The Heat women from five wins from 10 games and are one of three teams on 10 points. They are fifth after run rate is considered.
Kimmince hit 14 off 24 balls batting at No.6 and took 1-24 off three overs in the Heat eight-wicket loss to Hobart in the second of two games this week in Hobart.
Heat men's squad for tonight:
#42 Brendon McCullum (c)
#7 Xavier Bartlett
#15 Joe Burns
#31 Ben Cutting
#5 Sam Heazlett
#9 Marnus Labuschagne
#72 Tymal Mills
#59 Jimmy Peirson
#36 Nathan Reardon
#49 Alex Ross
#6 Mark Steketee
#4 Mitch Swepson
#24 Jack Wildermuth