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Heat's BBL middle order will fire: Cutting

A busted-up Ben Cutting has backed his Brisbane Heat middle order to come good despite another poor showing in their BBL big loss to the Renegades.

Heat's BBL middle order will fire: Cutting

A busted-up Ben Cutting has backed his Brisbane Heat middle order to come good despite another poor showing in their BBL big loss to the Renegades.

Ben Cutting insists his Brisbane Heat don't need a facelift despite the man himself putting the call out for a good plastic surgeon after an attempted catch gone wrong in the BBL.

The Brisbane Heat allrounder will likely be sporting two black eyes on Friday after a skied Marcus Harris drive went through his fingers and hit him in the face.


The big-hitter spilled the catch and some blood, despite claiming he had held onto the ball long enough for throwing it in the air in a state of panic.

"The first thing she (my girlfriend) said was 'that looks like a mono-brow, we need to get that fixed', so any good plastic surgeons out there, send me a message," Cutting said.

"I thought I held the ball long enough in the first place, it was an interesting decision.

"And literally a rush of blood; the adrenaline kicked in, I saw Mujeeb (Ur Rahman) out of corner of eye, tried to throw it to him."

The Heat went on to lose easily to the Renegades (4-3), who shot to second on the ladder and ensured the Heat (2-4) remained bogged down in seventh.

Brisbane managed just 144 on Thursday night, with Brendon McCullum again top-scoring with a 46-ball 50.

The Heat lost 4-5 at the back end of their innings, following a collapse of 5-2 on Tuesday night in a rain-shortened win against Sydney Thunder.

Max Bryant has been impressive without kicking on at the top of the order and Chris Lynn has had just one score below 29 in his six BBL innings this season.

But coach Daniel Vettori continues to fiddle with the side's middle order, with Joe Burns recalled alongside Cutting, Matthew Renshaw and Jimmy Peirson.

Alex Ross remains on the sidelines, while Sam Heazlett has been dropped and Marnus Labuschagne didn't bother the scorers in his only BBL appearance against the Thunder.

Cutting, now a specialist T20 journeyman, insists the side has the middle order depth required.

"I think we know how to get the best out of our top six; don't take the shuffling around as a sign we don't know what we're doing," he said.

"We're just trying to get our match-ups right between their bowlers and our batters."

The Heat won't have to wait long for a chance to bounce back, up against the Renegades again this Sunday.

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