Test quartet to return on Thursday, Siddle close, Richardson ruled out for BBL|10

Travis Head, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne and Mitch Swepson are all set to return on Thursday night, while Daniel Sams is out and Kane Richardson will miss the rest of BBL|10.


The Adelaide Strikers named their entire 19-man squad to play the Brisbane Heat on Thursday in Adelaide, with two big additions in Test pair Travis Head ($173k BAT/BWL) and Michael Neser ($142k BAT/BWL).

The Strikers said in a statement: “The Australian pair will play subject to a negative COVID test and will then be available for the rest of the tournament.”

Peter Siddle ($119k BWL) has also been named in the squad again as he looks to return from a thumb injury.

The Strikers said: “Siddle is hopeful of a return to the field after a big week on the training track, since fracturing his thumb against the Renegades almost two weeks ago.”

Strikers squad: Head, Carey, Agar, Briggs, Conway, Gibson, Neser, Nielsen, O’Connor, Johnson, Renshaw, Salt, Scott, Short, Siddle, Valente, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall

Aussie Test pair Marnus Labuschagne ($64k BAT/BWL) and Mitch Swepson ($105k BWL) have also been named in the Heat’s 18-man squad.

The Heat said in a statement: “The pair will have to complete COVID-19 testing in order to gain exemptions to play in Adelaide after being with the Australian squad for the past four Vodafone Test matches against India.”

As a result of their return, Simon Milenko ($43k BAT/BWL) and Jack Wood ($50k BWL) have both dropped out, making them ideal loop options.

Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Burns, Bryant, Cooper, Denly, Gregory, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Labuschagne, Laughlin, Lynn, Morkel, Pfeffer, Peirson, Steketee, Swepson, Wildermuth


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We’ve put together a bit of a timeline on the remainder of the Test players, via this link, to help aid your planning for both this round and Round 12, when most will be in action.

On that, Renegades batsman Mackenzie Harvey spoke about the imminent return of Marcus Harris ($62k BAT) to their line-up after his Player of the Match display against the Stars on Wednesday night.

Harvey said: “He brings experience. He’s played in a few BBLs now. The way he hits the ball. It’s going to be a top order if he does play, having Finch, Marsh and Harris up the top.”

Kane Richardson ($126k BWL) missed Wednesday’s derby with a quad injury, which the Renegades confirmed would rule him out for the rest of BBL|10.

The Renegades statement said: “Kane Richardson will miss the remainder of the BBL season owing to a 1-2 week quad strain.”

Ben Dwarshuis ($147k BWL) is putting his hand up to return for the Sixers after a groin injury.

Dwarshuis said: “I think I will be (100%). I’ve been training really well the last week. I wasn’t too far off playing last game. We had a nice break before we played the Strikers so it was a good chance to get to 100%.”

As confirmed on Wednesday, Daniel Sams ($205k BAT/BWL) will miss the next three matches at least, for the Sydney Thunder with a hand injury.

Thunder physiotherapist Murray Ryan said: “Daniel fell awkwardly onto his right hand and wrist while fielding off his own bowling. Scans completed yesterday have indicated a bone and ligament injury that has been reviewed by a hand specialist.

“Dan has subsequently been ruled out of the final three Thunder round games. His timeline for a return to play will be determined by medical staff following these games.”


We’ll learn the squads for Friday’s double-header to finish off Round 11, with the Hurricanes-Scorchers game in Melbourne and the Sixers-Thunder match in Adelaide.

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