Paceman Mark Steketee
Paceman Mark Steketee Gerard Walsh

Steketee is set to turn up the Heat

WARWICK fast bowler Mark Steketee is today expected to be named in a 13-man Brisbane Heat squad for the Heat's opening BBL04 match against the Sydney Thunder tomorrow.

Steketee, who took six wickets at 18.83 for the Heat in his first season last year, has had his chances of being included in the final 11 boosted by the absence of Australian limited-overs fast bowler Ben Cutting.

Cutting is unavailable as he is still recovering from groin surgery.

While the team will be named today, Steketee is considered a good chance to play against Mike Hussey, Jacques Kallis and the Sydney Thunder.

He played the Heat's final match of last season against the Hobart Hurricanes and it is understood he has been included in the first 11, when players have been split into groups at training.

Steketee was unavailable for comment yesterday but told the Daily News earlier this week he was excited to bowl against Kallis, who scored 13,289 test runs at an average of more than 55.

"It would be a big thrill to bowl against Kallis," he said.

"I won't want to see him out in the middle too long."

Steketee played in a warm-up match in Ipswich last weekend and while figures were not recorded, the former Maryvale paceman said he was pleased with his form.

One player who will not be playing is Steketee's teammate at the Queensland Bulls, Usman Khawaja.

Khawaja suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a training mishap on Tuesday night and will not play against many of his Bulls teammates, with the injury expected to keep him out for six months.

The match will be shown from 6-9.30pm on Southern Cross Ten tomorrow night.



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