Mark Steketee has the most catches and is equal top wickettaker for the Brisbane Heat this season.
Mark Steketee has the most catches and is equal top wickettaker for the Brisbane Heat this season. DAN PELED

Warwick paceman leads Heat wickettakers and catchers

CRICKET: Warwick paceman Mark Steketee is on top of the wicket tally and has the most catches as the Brisbane Heat head into tonight's KFC Big Bash League clash with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.

Steketee and new Test spinner Mitchell Swepson have each taken nine wickets in six games this season to head the Heat wickettakers.

The Warwick paceman has nine wickets at an average of 20.78 a wicket and an economy rate of 8.13. Swepson has nine wickets at an average of 20.11 and an economy rate of 8.23.

The next best is Jack Wildermuth who has seven wickets at an average of 24.29 and an economy rate of 8.95.

Steketee has five catches in six games to lead fielding statistics for the Heat, the next best is Ben Cutting with three.

After bowling retired Test all rounder Shane Watson for a duck earlier in the season and dismissing past T20 star Chris Gayle in an earlier campaign, Steketee won't be fazed with the possibility of bowling to Stars top order batsman and English Test legend Kevin Pietersen tonight.

Pietersen is in great form this season and like Gayle has a reputation as one of the fastest scorers in cricket history.

The Brisbane Heat squad for tonight includes batsmen Alex Doolan and Marnus Labuschagne.

One will come into the side in place of captain Brendon McCullum who is unavailable after being suspended for a slow over rate in the Heat's last game. Heat man of the moment Chris Lynn is out of both Australia's one-day side and the Heat team with a neck injury.

Test player Joe Burns will become the seventh captain of the Heat tonight in the sixth year of the competition.

The Heat will then head home to play the Melbourne Renegades on Friday at the Gabba at 6.40pm. In the early game on Friday, Warwick all rounder Delissa Kimmince will play in the Heat WBBL clash with the Strikers at 1.10pm.



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