Law reveals how he kept his cool in BBL run chase
BRISBANE Heat coach Stuart Law said he did not panic when his side needed 26 off 12 balls to win its Big Bash League opener against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on Sunday night.
There was no nervous biting of fingernails, or covering up of eyes with his hands - he knew what he needed to do - sit next to his veteran Kiwi spinner, Daniel Vettori.
"Mate, he's so cool and he's been through so much in his distinguished career. Nothing fazes him, so there was no better choice than to sit next to him," said Law, who took over from now Australian coach and his good mate Darren Lehmann in August.
It proved to be an inspired decision as the defending champions passed the Scorchers' 7-151 with two balls, and three wickets to spare.
It was the first time the Heat had won its opening game in the competition, and it was man-of-the-match Chris Lynn's explosive 81 off 53 balls, an innings which included six sixes and four fours, which got Law's side home.
"We've talked about playing fearless cricket and he (Lynn) was. He has tremendous hand-eye co-ordination and extremely fast hands, so put all that together and he hits the ball as far and as hard as anyone else," Law said.
While he was thrilled with Lynn's performance, and the win, Law said there was no room for complacency.
"I thought our bowling and fielding was outstanding, but there is always room for improvement. We've got to sit down and rejig our thinking about our batting because being 3-20 chasing 150 is not good enough," he said.
Vettori missed all of last year's campaign through injury, but Law said it was great to have the left-arm tweaker alongside off spinner Nathan Hauritz in his side. "Quality spinners really come into their own in this format of the game," Law said.
Stats from round one back that up, with four of the six most economical bowlers being spinners (Brad Hogg, Vettori, Muthiah Muralidaran, and Michael Beer).
What we learned from round oneBird on song
Jackson Bird did his hopes of a Australian call-up no harm at all after the paceman took 4-31 for the Melbourne Stars attack in the 76-run win over local rival, the Renegades, at the MCG. The Stars' pace battery will be strengthened even more next week by the arrival of Sri Lankan quick Lasith Malinga.
Still turning it on
Malinga's compatriot Muthiah Muralidaran proved he's still a force to be reckoned with after the 41-year-old legendary off-spinner troubled most of Stars batsmen in a spell of 1-23 off his four overs for the Renegades.
Thunder struck ... again
The Sydney Thunder's almost two-year, 14-game BBL losing streak continued after a six-wicket loss in the opener against cross-town rival, the Sixers, at the SCG. New captain Mike Hussey has a huge job on his hands if he is to prevent the side winning the wooden spoon for a third consecutive year.
Hail Hales' great start
Englishman and World No.1 T20 batsman Alex Hales hammered nine fours and one six on his way to 49 off only 19 balls for the Adelaide Strikers against the Hobart Hurricanes. The fireworks were in vain after the game was abandoned because of rain.
Brad Hogg rolled back the years, and his famous tongue, after taking 3-21 for the Perth Scorchers in the three-wicket loss against the Heat. Hogg also took a stunning catch in the deep in a performance Heat coach Stuart Law described as more fitting for a bloke aged 25 than 42.