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Vettori mulls options as Heat slump in BBL

Test hopeful Matthew Renshaw may earn a BBL start after Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori flagged possible changes following a seventh-straight loss.

Vettori mulls options as Heat slump in BBL

Test hopeful Matthew Renshaw may earn a BBL start after Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori flagged possible changes following a seventh-straight loss.

MATTHEW RENSHAW looks on during an Australian cricket training session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia.
MATTHEW RENSHAW looks on during an Australian cricket training session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Brisbane Heat coach Daniel Vettori admits change to the side's top six may be coming but has ruled out tapping his former New Zealand teammate Brendon McCullum on the shoulder.

McCullum - one half of Brisbane's 'Bash Brothers' - slid from the top of the order to No.4 in Tuesday's clash with Sydney Sixers on the Gold Coast.


He made a circumspect eight from 13 balls as the Sixers chased down 165 to consign the Heat to a 0-3 tournament start.

That innings followed back-to-back knocks of four to start the tournament, while Sam Heazlett has managed just four runs in three innings.

The Heat have lost their last seven matches, with Vettori admitting they weren't producing enough in the middle order.

That is despite captain Chris Lynn's (84 from 55) mature New Year's Day innings and rookie Max Bryant's big hitting at the top of the order.

But 37-year-old McCullum, who played in the Heat's first ever game in December 2011 and has earned a reputation as one of the world's most destructive T20 batsmen, won't be a casualty.

Marnus Labuschagne has moved from the Heat bench to a possible Test return in Sydney, but fellow Test hopeful Renshaw and proven short-form batsman Alex Ross are both options up Vettori's sleeve.

"Yeh definitely," Vettori said when asked if McCullum would remain a certain starter.

"It's tricky because there are three very good batsmen on the sideline but there's seven very good batsmen in the team as well.

"They all have done well for Brisbane in the past; we'll sit on it for a day and rebuild for Perth (on Saturday)."

Questions have also been raised about the Heat's bowling attack after they were unable to defend 164 at Metricon Stadium.

"It's wide ranging," Vettori said of his side's slump.

"We've done things well in all departments and poorly in all departments.

"It's that ability to look at each mistake in the game, each situation we're not quite winning ... those are things that win games of cricket and what we're not doing."

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