Brisbane Heat slugger Max Bryant expects an angry response from “cranky” Melbourne Stars recruit Billy Stanlake on Friday night after smashing him to all parts of Allan Border Field in a weekend club cricket run feast.
Bryant emulated the feat of his Heat skipper Chris Lynn by scoring two Queensland Premier Cricket Twenty20 centuries for the Gold Coast Dolphins on Saturday.
He smashed 123 from 52 balls against Stanlake’s South Brisbane on Saturday morning, before backing it up later that day with 132 from 68 balls against University of Queensland.
Paceman Stanlake, who plays for the Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Shield, finished with the unflattering figures of 0-41 from three overs in the early game as he was torn to shreds by Bryant.
“I got a fair bit of him … I hit him for a couple of sixes,” Bryant said.
“He got a bit cranky towards the end there.”
Bryant said the banter continued via a group chat that night, and he was anticipating a fired-up Stanlake on Friday night at Manuka Oval in his first BBL game for the Stars since his move from the Adelaide Strikers.
Max Bryant is ready for the BBL season after two tons in one day. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“We’re pretty good mates. I think he’ll go well this year playing with the Stars,” Bryant said.
“It was good to face that quality of bowling before Friday night.
“I walked out there pretty confident, I prepared well the week before and hit a couple of balls in the middle.
“I wasn’t thinking too far ahead. I just played each ball on its merits.”
Meanwhile, the Heat’s Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues to recover from COVID-19 in a Queensland hospital.
He will continue have tests, with the Heat hopeful he will be available for their December 23 clash against the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba.
The Heat have named 17-year-old off-spinner Jack Sinfield as a replacement for international all-rounder Lewis Gregory.
Currently part of the England squad in South Africa, Gregory is due to travel to Australia next weekend and will serve a two-week quarantine period that won’t end until Christmas Day.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann said: “It’s a great thrill for (Sinfield) and I’m sure he’ll enjoy working alongside the likes of Mujeeb and Mitch Swepson and demonstrating his skills.
“I know the Queensland boys have had a high opinion of him for a while so it’s exciting to be a part of his development.”
Lehmann is “keeping an open mind” about replacement options for English batsman Tom Banton, who withdrew from the Brisbane squad due to fatigue from spending lots of time in “bubbles” for bio-security purposes.
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