Centurion Wildermuth in the mix for early return, Dilbar update, Milne out
Uncertainty rages over Monday’s teams with the Brisbane Heat adding a bunch of names to their squad including Jack Wildermuth and Lachy Pfeffer, while we’ve got the latest on Dilbar Hussain.
There’s a bit going on with the Heat who’ve named an extended 16-man squad, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($115k BWL) recovering from COVID-19 and firmly in the mix to play, meaning Jack Wood ($50k BWL) may drop out.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann: “He’s come to training today (Sunday). We’re pleased he can get back and playing quickly. It might be a bit slow going because he’s been in quarantine for a few weeks but he’ll pick it up pretty quick.”
Brisbane have also added Lachy Pfeffer ($42k BAT/WKP) who many SuperCoaches are using to loophole so watch that space.
But the Heat also flagged Jack Wildermuth ($62k BAT/BWL) and Mark Steketee ($87k BWL) have not been ruled out of playing Monday’s game despite being part of the Australia A three-day match that finished on Sunday.
Steketee did nothing on day three (Sunday), but Wildermuth spent several hours at the crease, scoring a century.
The Heat statement said: “Will also monitor the availability of Australia ‘A’ duo Steketee and Wildermuth ahead of Monday’s game, with their pink-ball three-day game at the SCG due to finish Sunday evening.”
That creates uncertainty for the likes of Xavier Bartlett ($52k BWL) and Matt Kuhnemann ($72k BWL).
Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lawrence, Laughlin, Lynn, Peirson, Milenko, Steketee, Sully, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wildermuth, Wood
Adam Milne ($125k BWL) was named in an extended Sydney Thunder squad but will miss out again on Monday with a hamstring injury.
Thunder captain Callum Ferguson said: “We’ll keep monitoring him. We don’t want to rush him. It’s a long tournament. We want to make sure he’s 100% ready. We won’t bring him back even 30 seconds early.”
Thunder squad: Ferguson (c), Cook, Cutting, Davies, Doggett, Gilkes, Green, Hales, Holt, Khawaja, McAndrew, Milne, Nair, Ross, Sams, T.Sangha, Tremain
The Melbourne Stars confirmed to Honeyball that Dilbar Hussain ($72k BWL) will undergo scans on his left hamstring injury on Monday. They’ll provide a further update once they have those results.
New Brisbane Heat signing Joe Denly ($125k BAT) has been handed a relatively low value for an import. He previously spent time in the BBL with the Sixers. He’s available from early January.
From the Australia A game, Jack Wildermuth ($62k BAT/BWL) offered the most to be enthused about, with a day three century, finishing up on 111* from 119 balls.
Ben McDermott ($89k BAT/WKP) also made 107* from 167 balls and should slot into the Hurricanes side for their next match.
Alex Carey ($165k BAT/WKP) also made a half-century and will come into the Strikers side for that game against Hobart.
Sean Abbott ($219k BWL) left the field on day two of the game with calf tightness, having bowled seven overs and didn’t return. We’ll chase an update.
In New Zealand, Sixers import Jason Holder ($175k BAT/BWL) didn’t get a wicket with the ball, but was 60* at stumps in the Second Test.
The Thunder takes on the Heat, while we’ll get the latest squads for the Tuesday clash between the Hurricanes and Strikers, with Ben McDermott and Alex Carey likely to be included.