Time to execute our bowling plan

FORTY overs, 420 runs.

English legend WG Grace would have fallen off his chair in a laughing fit if his barber had told him what cricket would look like 100-odd years down the track.

It's been no laughing matter for the Brisbane Heat fast bowling contingent, however.

After a great win for the boys in game one of the Big Bash League, the two games since, one at the Gabba, and most recently at Etihad Stadium, have been fixtures to forget. Twice the bowling cartel has conceded 210 runs from just 20 overs, and twice the Brisbane Heat has gone down swinging.

Plenty of questions have been asked as to what went wrong.

It hasn't been our planning, just poor execution.

We know we are capable of doing our jobs - just a few months ago our same bowling attack restricted some of the best Twenty20 teams in the world to more respectable scores of 120 to 130 runs during the Champions League in India.

Following the disappointing performance against the Melbourne Renegades on Monday night, we decided enough was enough and scheduled a "quicks only" skill session.

At 9am on New Year's Day the Heat bowlers were back together in the nets doing what we do best, planning and executing our variations.

Bouncers, yorkers and slower balls were the name of the game, as we felt these were the deliveries letting us down.

Of course, it's one thing to execute your skills in the closed environment of a net session, but another to be able to do it in the pressure situation of match play.

The past week we have learnt that the game is

evolving faster then we imagined. Plans and expectations with the ball last season just haven't worked this time.

Batters are evolving and we need to move with it.

From what I have seen in the first few rounds of the BBL, it is no longer the spinners that are going the journey, it is the bowlers with a bit of pace on the ball.

The spinners have lifted their game, the batsmen have advanced, it's time for the quicks to make their mark.


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