Daniel Sams has been ruled out of both Sydney Thunder games during the double round due to concussion, while Ben Dwarshuis’ injury was confirmed and Marcus Stoinis was seen bowling in the nets.
The Sydney Thunder named an 18-man extended squad to play the Hobart Hurricanes in Perth on Thursday, but ruled out Daniel Sams ($199k BAT/BWL) due to concussion.
The Thunder have since also confirmed to Honeyball that Sams will miss Saturday’s game against the Scorchers, so both games in Sydney’s double game round.
Thunder coach Shane Bond said: “We’ve been conservative with all of our players when they’ve been injured, and I think we’ve benefitted from that. I think you need to be more concerned by head knocks, and we won’t be playing Dan in this match.”
Thunder squad: Ferguson, Billings, Cook, Cutting, Davies, Doggett, Gilkes, Green, Holt, Hales, Khawaja, McAndrew, Milne, Nair, Ross, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Tremain
The Hurricanes named a 16-man squad for the game, with Charlie Wakim ($42k BAT) dropping out, while there’s no sign of James Faulkner ($181k BWL) or Will Jacks ($109k BAT/BWL).
Hurricanes squad: Boland, Botha, David, Ellis, Handscomb, Ingram, Sandeep, Malan, McDermott, Meredith, Moody, Owen, Parker, Short, Winter, Wright
The Heat named an 18-man squad to play the Melbourne Stars on Thursday night on the Gold Coast, with Chris Lynn ($144k BAT) confirmed after being X-factor last time out following a hamstring injury.
Heat stand-in captain Jimmy Peirson ($95k WKP/BAT) said: “He pulled up really well after being the X-Factor player on Monday and hasn’t missed a beat since we got to the Gold Coast.”
Loop option Lachy Pfeffer ($42k WKP/BAT) is back in the Heat squad which will make some SuperCoaches nervous. Pfeffer has replaced Connor Sully ($42k BWL) as Matt Willans ($42k BWL) replacement in the squad but unlikely to play given the Heat’s recent influx of batsmen.
Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Burns, Bryant, Cooper, Denly, Gregory, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Laughlin, Lynn, Pfeffer, Peirson, Milenko, Steketee, Mujeeb, Wildermuth, Wood
Haris Rauf ($213k BWL) has arrived on the Gold Coast and been named in the Stars’ 17-man squad to face the Heat, with Zahir Khan ($85k BWL) left out as the fourth import.
Also Marcus Stoinis ($139k BAT/BWL) was spotted bowling in the nets, which many will be interested in.
Stars squad: Maxwell, Cartwright, Dunk, Elliott, Fletcher, Gotch, Hatcher, Hinchliffe, Larkin, Morris, O’Connell, Pooran, Rainbird, Haris Rauf, Stanlake, Stoinis, Zampa
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The upcoming Afghanistan-Ireland ODI series which will drag Rashid Khan ($207k BWL), Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($204k BWL) and Mohammad Nabi ($127k BAT/BWL) out of the BBL has been postponed from January 18-23 to January 21-26.
As a result, all three are expected to depart the BBL a little bit later than expected. It’s anticipated that’ll be around January 15 but not yet confirmed.
Ben Dwarshuis ($147k BWL) sustained a groin injury which forced him out of Wednesday’s Sixers loss to the Scorchers.
Sixers coach Greg Shipperd said: “He has a niggle. The information arrived late before the 10-over mark so there was a flurry of activity. We hope Ben recovers quickly and he’s back on the park ASAP.”
The Strikers play the struggling Gades again, while we’ll learn the squads for Saturday’s Scorchers-Thunder game.