Morkel close to return, Stars provide Coulter-Nile update, Munro quad issue

Morne Morkel is nearing a return for the Brisbane Heat, while the Stars provided an update on Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nic Maddinson playing again and Colin Munro injured his quad.

SQUAD NEWS

The Brisbane Heat have named an unchanged 18-man squad for Sunday’s game against the Sydney Sixers on the Gold Coast.

Morne Morkel ($138k BWL) isn’t part of that squad but the Heat confirmed he’s hoping to play in their upcoming game against the Renegades on Thursday 14 January.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said: “We’ll see how he goes over the next few sessions but it’s looking promising for next week. Morne has been working very hard to be right and we have been deliberately cautious with his preparations because we know he can fill a very important part of the squad for the remaining games.”

Also Lehmann confirmed Mujeeb Ur Rahman ($204k BWL) will finish up in that game before heading to the UAE to play for Afghanistan in an ODI series against Ireland.

Heat coach Darren Lehmann said: “It looks like the Renegades game will be the last one for Mujeeb. It’s been wonderful having him again & we believe his bowling has gone to a new level this summer.”

Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Burns, Bryant, Cooper, Denly, Gregory, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Laughlin, Lynn, Pfeffer, Peirson, Milenko, Steketee, Mujeeb, Wildermuth, Wood

The Sixers named a 17-man squad with Ben Dwarshuis ($147k BWL) dropping out due to injury.

The Sixers said in a statement: “Dwarshuis was not considered for selection after suffering a minor groin strain during the Sixers’ match against the Scorchers in Perth on Wednesday. Dwarshuis is aiming to be back on the field for the Sixers when they take on the Thunder in the Sydney Smash at Manuka Oval in the ACT on January 13.”

Sixers squad: Avendano, Ball, Bertus, Bird, Brathwaite, Christian, J.Edwards, Hughes, Kerr, Manenti, O’Keefe, Philippe, Pope, Rogers, Sandhu, Silk, Vince

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UPDATES

The Melbourne Stars provided a series of updates on their injured players including Nathan Coulter-Nile ($203k BWL) who suffered a calf injury on Boxing Day.

Stars coach David Hussey said: “Coulter-Nile will be back around the 15th or 17th (January) game. Maybe the second game against the Strikers (January 15).”

Nic Maddinson ($87k BAT) sprained his ankle early in the January 2 game against the Hurricanes.

Hussey said: “Maddinson is going to do a fitness test tonight (Saturday night), so let’s hope he’s available too.”

Jackson Coleman ($96k BWL) has missed all of BBL|10 with a hamstring issue.

Hussey said: “Jackson Coleman is probably out for another couple of weeks. He’ll probably be back hopefully before the end of the tournament.”

Colin Munro ($113k BAT) injured his quad and didn’t field in the Scorchers’ win over the Thunder on Saturday.

Scorchers coach Adam Voges said: “Just running between the wickets he felt something in his quad. We’re certainly hopeful it’s nothing too serious. He was able to continue on and bat. We’ll scan him (Sunday) and see how we go.”

TOMORROW

Round 8 finishes with the Heat-Sixers game, while we’ll learn the squads for Monday’s Strikers-Stars game to start Round 9.

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