READY: Mark Steketee bowls for the Heat against Hobart earlier this year. He is set to bowl against the same team tonight.
READY: Mark Steketee bowls for the Heat against Hobart earlier this year. He is set to bowl against the same team tonight. GETTY IMAGES

Steketee a chance for second big-name scalp in four days

CRICKET: First Chris Gayle, now for Kumar Sangakkara.

Warwick quick Mark Steketee claimed a huge wicket in the Brisbane Heat's first Big Bash League game when he dismissed West Indian icon Chris Gayle.

Steketee removed Gayle for 23 but it was not enough to help the Heat to a first-up victory over the Renegades at the Gabba.

The Heat take on the Hurricanes in Hobart in their next game tonight and Steketee will be out to dismiss another big name.

The Hurricanes have recruited star Sri Lankan batsman Sangakkara and the prolific run-scorer was expected to bat in the Hobart top order again.

Steketee finished with figures of 1-40 from four overs against the Renegades and will have his work cut out for him should he bowl against a Hurricanes top order that will likely feature Sangakkara, Ben Dunk, Tim Paine and George Bailey.

Khawaja confident

USMAN Khawaja says his hamstrings are "stronger than they've been in the last three years" and he is 100% confident he will be right for the Boxing Day Test.

The 29-year-old tore a hamstring in the second Test against New Zealand in Perth last month, missing the historic day/night Test in Adelaide and the first Test demolition of the West Indies.

Asked after that match whether Khawaja was certain to return to the Test side, Australian coach Darren Lehmann said the left-hander needed to "get fit and strong and faster".



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