WICKET: Mark Steketee (C) of the Heat celebrates taking the wicket of Daniel Hughes of the Thunder during the Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
WICKET: Mark Steketee (C) of the Heat celebrates taking the wicket of Daniel Hughes of the Thunder during the Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday. Matt King

Our Steketee faces Hussey

MARK Steketee only needed a few balls on Wednesday night to confirm the obvious - former Test cricketer Mike Hussey was a level above everyone he has previously bowled to.

Steketee took 2-20 off three overs to be the second best Brisbane Heat bowler in a 48-run win against Sydney Thunder.

After Steketee dismissed Daniel Hughes in his first over and the fourth of the innings, Hussey strode to the wicket and Steketee restricted the Thunder captain to a run here and there before Hussey hit Steketee for four in his second over.

"He is a level above everyone I have previously bowled to and always seemed to find a way to score runs, I just tried to minimise his boundaries," Steketee said.

At the start of his spell and even when bowling to Hussey, Steketee said he wasn't nervous.

Steketee has helped the Heat improve their bowling in his first two BBL games after they conceded two of the highest scores in BBL history in successive losses.

With all the talk about sledging in the Ashes series, young gun Steketee said he wasn't on the end of any backchat from Hussey, Mr Cricket was just worried about securing his side's first win in 18 matches.

Steketee returned well from the outfield but said it took a while to become accustomed to the lights at ANZ Stadium, the Olympic 2000 venue.

"I enjoy fielding, it's good," he said.

After a 5-165 to 117 victory against the Thunder in Sydney on Wednesday night, the Heat will now play competition front runners Melbourne Stars at the Gabba tomorrow night in front of what officials hope is a T20 record crowd at the ground.

"The Stars are going all right but we have a bit of momentum and can pick them up," Steketee said.

He is in awe of the help he is receiving from Heat team-mates.

"They are all really good, there is plenty of experience in the side," he said.

"Coach Stuart Law lets me do my own thing but when I ask him a question, he usually gives me more information than I need.

"I have played under Stuart before and I know how he works and he knows how I work."

With training today , Steketee won't be making the two-hour trip home to Warwick before the game against a Stars team including former Test player Cameron White.

Chris Lynn was player of the match with 56 off 35 balls on Wednesday.

"Lynnie is going all right at the moment," Steketee said.

Tickets for the game against the Stars are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com.au. Public transport information is available from Translink.com.au


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