Controlling Canberra exports Ryan Carters and Will Sheridan is the key to beating Victoria in today's Baby Bash opener in Melbourne according to ACT Comets captain Mark Higgs.
Radford College graduate Carters was player-of-the-tournament last year and has been in solid form for the Vics this season, while Higgs was also wary of Sheridan's ability despite a spate of injuries in recent seasons.
''Will's been a tough one because he's had so many injuries, but he's obviously a danger in this format,'' Higgs said. ''The grounds we play at aren't the biggest grounds so it's all about containing with the ball.
''Carts has been in pretty good nick, not great nick but pretty good nick this year as well.''
The Comets were due to start their Baby Bash campaign against Queensland yesterday afternoon, but the game was washed out and has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
Higgs and his 12 teammates flew into Melbourne yesterday morning and are preparing for a solid showing at this year's tournament, hopeful of impressing prospective Big Bash scouts.
''We're shaping up good, everyone's in good form so that's always pleasing,'' Higgs said. ''We've been training in our roles the last few weeks so everyone knows exactly what their role is in the team.
''It's the same with the batting. Me and Jono [Dean] and Blake [Dean] will go up the top and go pretty hard and we've got guys that can knock it around in the middle and hopefully finish strong with blokes like Spags [Michael Spaseski].''
One of the longest hitters in the Canberra competition, Spaseski is desperate for an opportunity to showcase his batting prowess on the Big Bash stage.
Earlier this month he clubbed one ball more than 100m against North Canberra-Gungahlin, clearing the fence at K.T.Memorial Oval with the ball finishing on the opposite side of the adjacent baseball field.
''The shorter the better for me,'' Spaseski said about the twenty20 format.
''It suits my natural game. I really wasn't made to be a four-day cricketer, I definitely prefer and would rather play Twenty20.