Brisbane will have to turn around their Big Bash League season without influential captain Chris Lynn as the Heat prepare for a packed festive schedule.
Lynn will undergo scans on Thursday after injuring his left hamstring in the warm-up to Wednesday’s clash with Adelaide at the Gabba, which the Strikers’ won by two runs.
The loss leaves the Heat 0-3 and in danger of a fourth straight campaign without finals.
Brisbane will face Hobart on Sunday and have a further three matches over the next two weeks in what could be a season-defining period without their talisman.
Jimmy Peirson, who stood in for Lynn as skipper against the Strikers and nearly secured an unlikely win with an unbeaten 69 off 36 deliveries, said the 30-year-old’s absence would clearly be felt.
“He’s our best player, no doubt about it, but we’ve got enough to get the job done,” Peirson said.
“It’s funny sometimes when your best player goes out you have to make the most of what you’ve got and that can bring a team together. I believe that this team can do that.
“Obviously we’ll miss his leadership and what he brings to the table there as well, it’ll be sorely missed, but we have to move on.
“We haven’t got time to dwell. We’ve got five games in quick succession.”
The Strikers are also heading back to South Australia with an injury concern after Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan limped off with an injury to his right hamstring late in the match.
Adelaide’s next game is against Perth on Monday and English import Danny Briggs was hopeful Khan would be fit to face the Scorchers.
“The medical team will be all over him and seeing how bad (it is) and how they can manage it.
“Hopefully for us we can get him back for the next game,” Briggs said.