Brisbane Heat players Ben Cutting and Beth Mooney.
Brisbane Heat players Ben Cutting and Beth Mooney. Mark Cranitch

Heat prepare to give it a bash

CRICKET: Heat all-rounder Ben Cutting has promised Brisbane will go out all guns blazing in their sudden-death Big Bash League finale on Saturday night.

The Heat must beat the Melbourne Renegades, and possibly by a big margin, at the Gabba to have any chance of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the finals.

Axed Test opener Matt Renshaw will make his BBL debut and superstar Chris Lynn will return from injury as the Heat look to produce a Gabba miracle.

If the Melbourne Stars lose to the Hobart Hurricanes in Saturday's other match, the Heat will have to record a massive win to improve their poor net run rate (-0.331).

If the Stars win, a comfortable victory should be enough for the Heat to snatch fourth spot and a finals berth.

Australia's test cricket player Matt Renshaw bats during a practice session in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb 16, 2017. Australia is scheduled to play four tests against India with the first test beginning Feb.23 in Pune. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Matt Renshaw will line up for the Heat against the Renegades. Rajanish Kakade

Cutting said Brisbane was not about to die wondering, setting the stage for a spectacular show in front of a sell-out crowd.

"We've talked about it and all we need to do is win and win well,” he said.

"That's what we try to do in every game anyway so nothing really changes for us.

"One thing we do here is try to entertain with plenty of fours and sixes, even more so if we need to win in 14 or 15 overs.

"We know what we need to do. We'll stick to our guns.

"We'll have to play the same way. We play aggressive and always go hard anyway.”

Chris Lynn of the Heat in action.
Chris Lynn will return from injury for the Heat. DARREN ENGLAND

The Heat started the tournament in solid form but have lost their past three matches, including an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat to the Sydney Sixers where they were bowled out for a club record low 73.

Lynn, player of the tournament in the past two summers, will provide some firepower at the top of the order while Renshaw could be an X-factor.

The 21-year-old lost his spot at the top of the Australian Test order for the Ashes following a lean start to the Sheffield Shield season, but he has been tipped to shine in the Twenty20 arena.

"He has paved his way in red ball cricket the last couple of years and that's where everyone knows him from but I've certainly seen him play some innings where he's hit some big balls just as far as Lynny can,” Cutting said.

"He is very much a surprise packet in this form, not just with the bat but with his fielding and with the ball as well.”

Beth Mooney of the Brisbane Heat laments a missed stumping during the WBBL game between Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Saturday, December 23, 2017. (AAP Image/ Hamish Blair) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAP
Beth Mooney is ready for a tough assignment. Hamish Blair

The Heat's Women's Big Bash League team is also facing a weekend of must-win matches.

They will face the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba on Saturday before hosting the competition leaders at Allan Border Field on Sunday.

"We've just got to win two games,” wicketkeeper Beth Mooney said.

"We've been in this situation before. We came into the last two games against the Strikers last year having to win both and we managed to do that.

"We've been a little inconsistent and probably haven't performed to our standards and best of our ability.

"The Thunder are a very strong and balanced side. It will be a really tough assignment for us.”