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Brisbane Heat prove it's not too hot in the kitchen

The Heat celebrate after defeating the Renegades during the Big Bash League Semi-Final match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
The Heat celebrate after defeating the Renegades during the Big Bash League Semi-Final match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

WHAT a week for the Heat, with the boys firstly knocking off the Hobart Hurricanes to advance to the semi-final, before going on to win a nail biter of a fixture against the top-of-the-table Melbourne Renegades.

The semi-final win for the boys was another one to chalk up for the underdog title, not only gaining us a place in the Big Bash League Final tomorrow night, but also sending us to the lucrative cash cow that is the Twenty20 Champions League at the end of the year.

It's fair to say the Heat contingent was over the moon at the prospect, and what a changeroom it was post semi-final win.

There are not too many better feelings in cricket then a victorious changeroom, celebrated with close mates over a beer and laugh.

There were certainly plenty of laughs on Tuesday night, kicked off by our traditional winning song.

With plenty of beer thrown around by players and support staff, as is the winning culture, we returned to the main changeroom area to the see a familiar face strolling into the room.

It was former England fast bowler Darren Gough, who apparently had been following us closely (and backed us at good odds in the semi-final).

Without any of our boys having met him previously, it was great to see our squad of players circled around him, beer in hand listening to stories of his playing days.

Story time was cut short by raucous laughter as coach Darren Lehmann strolled into the room wearing our mascot suit.

Featuring rippling muscles courtesy of a padded suit top to bottom, it was a sight to behold, and wasn't long before the odd photo or two were circling the twitter-sphere and the Brisbane Heat Facebook page.

The dressing room in any sport is traditionally the 'inner-sanctum' of a team environment, it's where cultures are made, legends are born, and nicknames are conjured.

Such is the nature of cricket, it's not often that final wins, or premiership flags are won, so when they are it's a special place.

Throughout my time in domestic cricket so far, I've played in two finals (Sheffield Shield) and lost both of them, so Saturday night will be another chance to kick off the mantlelpiece.

I stated a few weeks ago that we were a dangerous team to play when our backs are against the wall and that will be no different in the final.

Whatever the result, it is certain we will once again be playing 'balls-out' cricket, no different to what you've witnessed in the past week.

Topics:  bbl, big bash league, brisbane heat, cricket, finals, melbourne renegades, perth scorchers, t20




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