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Heat on Brisbane for life after Lynn

AAP logoAAP 10/01/2017 Scott Bailey

Big Bash League leaders Brisbane will attempt to embark on life after Chris Lynn when they take on Perth at the Gabba on Wednesday night.

The Heat have named two batsmen to potentially take the power-hitter's place for the clash, with Marnus Labuschagne and Sam Heazlett battling it out to fill Lynn's position.

Neither have played in this year's tournament, with Labuschagne uncapped at BBL level and Heazlett having debuted into the T20s last summer.

But winning the selection battle will only be half the challenge to filling the biggest shoes in domestic cricket right now.

In terms of numbers, the Heat are one of the lesser-affected teams in the competition in the next window of international representation - losing just one player in Lynn.

However that one player accounts for a whopping 34 per cent of the team's runs, and almost half the team's sixes.

That responsibility is now likely to fall on captain Brendan McCullum and fellow-opener Jimmy Peirson, who are both striking at above 150.

English quick Tymal Mills has also been added to the squad that beat the Scorchers in Perth last week, in place of West Indian spinner Samuel Badree who is out for up to two weeks after injuring his hamstring two days earlier against the Sixers.

But even Mills, who had been playing in New Zealand ahead of England's upcoming T20s against India, had been swept up in the masterclasses that Lynn had been putting on.

"He's obviously been a bit of a freak for the last couple of games," he said.

"But whenever a guy drops out there's runs to be had for someone else."

The Scorchers too have been affected by international selection - but they may find their stars a little easier to replace than the Heat do Lynn.

Mitch Marsh has been the team's leading run-scorer, with his 210 runs coming at a strike rate of 152.17.

However they will welcome back Hilton Cartwright from Test selection in the allrounder role, while Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar have both been striking at above 165 in the middle order.

Paceman David Willey also drops out of the side for English one-day selection, and will be replaced by countryman Tim Bresnan.

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