McDermott & Carey return, Behrendorff & Finch out, Agar update

Ben McDermott and Alex Carey are all set to return halfway through Round Two, while Aaron Finch and Jason Behrendorff will miss their next games and we’ve got loads of injury updates.

SQUAD NEWS

Ben McDermott ($89k BAT/WKP) is added to the Hurricanes’ extended squad, with Caleb Jewell ($71k BAT) dropping out.

McDermott had previously spoken about batting up the order, but coach Adam Griffith offered no guarantees when he spoke to The Mercury.

Griffith said: “He wants to do what’s best for the team and we want to do what’s best for him. We’ll work out what that (the batting order) looks like closer to the game.”

Hurricanes squad: Boland, Botha, David, Ellis, Faulkner, Handscomb (c), Ingram, Jacks, McDermott, Meredith, Moody, Parker, Short, Wakim, Winter, Wright

Alex Carey ($165k BAT/WKP) will return for the Strikers, having been named in their 13-man squad at the expense of Harry Nielsen ($62k WKP/BAT)

Harry Conway ($90k BWL) will miss the game after sustaining concussion in the Australia A match.

Strikers squad: Siddle, Agar, Briggs, Carey (c), Gibson, Rashid Khan, Renshaw, Salt, Short, Valente, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall

UPDATES

After a hectic four months overseas and playing for Australia, Aaron Finch ($179k BAT) will take a break and miss the Renegades’ game against Hobart on December 19.

Gades coach Michael Klinger said: “We’re going to give him a break now and then come back ready and charging for our last 11 games and finals hopefully.”

Chris Lynn ($125k BAT) and Dan Lawrence ($117k BAT) could face a sanction for their part in the protocol breach, leading to them being required to social distance in Monday’s game. Cricket Australia (CA) are investigating the incident.

Sean Abbott ($219k BWL) wasn’t likely to be available anytime soon due to being part of the Test squad but he’s succumbed to a calf issue and been ruled out of the First Test.

However that doesn’t mean he’ll return via BBL, as he is expected to re-join the Test squad for the Second Test. CA’s statement said: “Will remain in Sydney to continue his rehabilitation from a mild calf strain.”

Abbott’s injury means Moises Henriques ($100K BAT/BWL) has been called into the First Test squad, but not the entire series, so he could still play BBL after Christmas.

Henriques did recently have an injury, but CA said: “Has recovered from a mild hamstring strain which ruled him out of the Australia A games against India.”

Ashton Agar ($102k BAT/BWL) should be pushing to return for the Scorchers later this month. Perth told Honeyball that he is recovering from a calf injury and is aiming for a return to play in two weeks for matches at the end of the month.

Jason Behrendorff ($113k BWL) will miss the Scorchers’s next game against Melbourne Stars on Wednesday (part of Round 2) as he’s returned to Perth for the birth of his second child. Perth said he will re-join the squad in Canberra ahead of the clash with the Thunder in Round 3.

Hobart’s Mitch Owen ($42k BAT/BWL) will soon be back in contention after a stress fracture saw him replaced in the squad by Caleb Jewell ($71k BAT).

Owen played in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League on the weekend, posting 10 from 18 and 0-27 from five overs and has since gone into his three-day self-quarantine before re-joining the squad.

Brisbane’s Matt Willans ($42k BWL) is set to undergo a shoulder operation this week and will likely subsequently be ruled out of BBL|10. He’s been replaced in the squad by Connor Sully ($42k BWL).

TOMORROW

The Canes and Strikers will meet again, while we’ll learn the squads for Wednesday’s final Round Two game between the Stars and Scorchers, where we’ll hopefully get a full update on Dilbar Hussain ($72k BWL) who went for scans on Monday.

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