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Byline: mes Milton

SYDNEY SIXERS v BRISBANE HEAT 8am tomorrow THERE'S no better way to start the day than with a Big Bash and Australia's domestic Twenty20 tournament starts tomorrow morning when Sydney Sixers face Brisbane Heat at the SCG, writes James Milton.

The competition has been revamped this year so each of the eight teams will face each other in the Big Bash league with the top four going through to the semi-finals.

Sadly for the competition, the opening game is more about who won't be there rather than who will. Sydney are missing star allrounder Shane Watson, who was injured on Australia's tour of South Africa, as well as exciting young paceman Pat Cummins.

Brisbane's bowling attack has also been hit by injuries to wily seamer Ryan Harris and Kiwi spinner Daniel Vettori, whose IPL experience would have been a huge boost for the Heat.

Sydney's spinners Steve Smith and Steve O'Keefe will have a big job to do in the shortest form of the game but Sixers skipper Brad Haddin can also call upon the experience of Brett Lee and Moises Henriques as well as Josh Hazlewood, another of the crop of promising young Aussie fast bowlers.

That depth of bowling could tilt the game in Sydney's favour as Brisbane's batting looks a little short of star quality.

Brendon McCullum will be a huge threat but fellow opener Matthew Hayden is unlikely to be as effective as he once was - the 40-year-old has been tempted out of retirement by the lure of the Big Bash but his lack of serious cricket leaves him vulnerable to a lively Sixers attack.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2011
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