Cricket fans, including Aussie spin legend Shane Warne, felt for Brisbane Heat star Mark Steketee after being withdrawn from the semi-final Big Bash clash on Thursday night.
The Big Bash semi-final was a one-sided affair with the Perth Scorchers demolishing the Brisbane Heat, despite the bat flip ahead of the game causing drama.
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However, just 10 overs into the clash Steketee found himself being subbed off as part of the new Big Bash X-Factor rule.
Morne Morkel was subbed in for the BBL’s second highest wicket-taker Steketee.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) February 4, 2021
Steketee was clearly upset at the decision while he walked off the field shaking his head.
Warne said he felt for Steketee who was clearly ‘shattered’ at the call from management and captain Lynn.
“He was shattered, wasn’t he? Genuinely shattered,” Warne said on Fox Sports commentary.
“He could not believe that he had been subbed out. Just been picked for Australia too, he’s not happy. Not much chat from the coaches either.”
Adam Gilchrist added Steketee’s body language suggested he was unaware this was a tactical move planned from the leadership group.
However the move was panned on social media after Morkel failed to make an impact after figures of 0-45.
Playing Laughlin was a huge mistake in the first place! And then, taking steketee off instead of Laughlin was an even bigger mistake! #BBL10
— 🔴⚪ (@regista004) February 4, 2021
— Jayesh Kumar.S (@jayeshsam) February 4, 2021
— Isaac (@wanga27) February 4, 2021
This substitution raised a few eye-brows! Second highest wicket-taker in the tournament, Mark Steketee being subbed off for Morne Morkel?
Views?#BBL10 #BBLFinals #MADETOUGH #BringtheHEAT https://t.co/FwYWS2UL22
— OneCricket (@OneCricketApp) February 4, 2021
Scorchers make easy work of Heat
Showers halted play on Thursday night and prompted a premature end to the Scorchers’ innings, setting Brisbane a revised target of of 200 from 18 overs.
It was an imposing equation, even before captain Chris Lynn departed in the fourth over.
It looked near-impossible come the eighth over, when the Heat crashed to 4-57 following Marnus Labuschagne's dismissal to veteran leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.
The required run-rate exploded as the Scorchers turned the screws, restricting Brisbane to 9-150.
Jason Behrendorff, who snared 2-19 and was on a hat-trick after removing Lynn and Joe Denly, set the tone for Perth’s star-studded attack.
Earlier, Livingstone’s match-winning knock was followed by an unbeaten 75-run partnership between Marsh (49 not out) and Cameron Bancroft (58 not out).
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