Heat â€œmatchwinnerâ€ Mitchell Swepson is ready to spin Brisbane to victory â€“ and the BBL finals â€“ against the Perth Scorchers at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
The equation is simple for the Heat if they want to finish in the top five â€“ secure un upset bonus point win over the high-flying Scorchers.
Following Sydney Thunderâ€™s win over the Adelaide Strikers on Monday night, four points will be enough for Brisbane to contest the finals.
â€œWe just know we have to win,â€ Heat wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson said.
â€œThat other stuff we canâ€™t really control.â€
Peirson predicted a strong performance from leg-spinner Swepson, who recently returned to Heat duties after being part of Australiaâ€™s extended squad for the four-Test series against India.
Swepson did not play in any of the Tests, but having been involved in the Heatâ€™s past two matches, any rust that may have been in his system is gone.
â€œIf you look at his (Sheffield) Shield form before he went away with the Australian team, it was fantastic,â€ Peirson said of his Heat and Queensland teammate.
â€œObviously coming back into this group after bowling with the red ball, there were a couple of little tweaks he needed to make, and heâ€™s done that through bowling at training and in the (two) games.
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â€œHeâ€™s going to be a matchwinner, especially in these conditions here (at the Adelaide Oval) where it can take spin sometimes.
â€œHeâ€™s fantastic at controlling the field and controlling the game. Heâ€™s a big-game player for us so weâ€™re looking forward to him doing his thing (on Tuesday).
Swepson said it was a â€œgreat experienceâ€ for him in the Test hub.
â€œSwitching from bowling a lot of the balls in the nets to being out in the middle can be a difficult transition, but as a professional cricketer youâ€™ve got to be adaptable and be able to do that well,â€ Swepson said.
â€œI thought my first game back (for the Heat, against the Strikers) wasnâ€™t my greatest and that was probably taking that little bit of extra time to adjust … but Iâ€™m happy with the way the ball came out last game (against the Renegades) and hopefully now I can get in the rhythm of things and really hit the ground running for this next game, and then hopefully finals.â€