Mitchell Starc appears to be ruled out of BBL|10, while Daniel Sams looms large as a finals X-factor for the Thunder and Tuesday’s squads were confirmed with no surprises.
The Heat and Scorchers both named unchanged 18-man and 16-man squads respectively for Tuesday’s game in Adelaide.
Heat squad: Bartlett, Bazley, Burns, Bryant, Cooper, Denly, Gregory, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Labuschagne, Laughlin, Lynn, Morkel, Pfeffer, Peirson, Steketee, Swepson, Wildermuth
Scorchers squad: Turner, Fawad Ahmed, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Hardie, Inglis, Kelly, Livingstone, Marsh, Munro, Paris, Patterson, Richardson, Rocchiccioli, Roy, Tye
The Renegades and Hurricanes did the same, naming unchanged 17-man squads for their afternoon clash at the MCG.
Upon his return to form Canes captain Matthew Wade said his opening partner about D’Arcy Short ($184k BAT/BWL): “I think the way D’Arce plays off-side and I play leg-side helps our partnership quite a bit.
“He feeds off what I do and I feed off him. It was nice to get in the runs with him.”
Renegades squad: Finch, Couch, Evans, Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harris, Harvey, Hatzoglou, Holland, Marsh, Lalor, Perry, Prestwidge, Stepien, Sutherland, Imad Wasim, Webster
Hurricanes squad: Boland, David, Ellis, Handscomb, Jacks, Lamichhane, Malan, McDermott, Meredith, Moody, Owen, Paine, Parker, Short, Wade, Winter, Wright
The Stars named a 17-man squad on the morning of Tuesday night’s game at the MCG against the Sixers, who selected an unchanged 19-man squad.
That means Mitchell Starc ($190k BWL) was not included, despite being cleared fit by Cricket Australia’s medical staff. Starc was due to inform the Sixers if he was available for BBL|10 on Monday so it seems like he’s not.
Stephen O’Keefe ($148k BWL) was named in the squad too, despite a calf issue which kept him out of their last game.
Meanwhile, Stars batsman Marcus Stoinis talked up Glenn Maxwell’s ($182k BAT/BWL) prospects of reversing his poor run of form after three ducks in six knocks.
Stoinis said: “Maxy is the kind of guy you don’t need to give too much advice to. He’s one of the best in the world in T20. He’s every chance to come out tomorrow and make a hundred.”
Stars squad: Maxwell, Cartwright, Coulter-Nile, Elliott, Gotch, Hatcher, Hinchliffe, Zahir Khan, Larkin, Maddinson, Newman, O’Connell, Rainbird, Seymour, Stanlake, Stoinis, Zampa
Sixers squad: Abbott, Avendano, Ball, Bertus, Bird, Brathwaite, Christian, Dwarshuis, J.Edwards, Henriques, Hughes, Kerr, Manenti, O’Keefe, Philippe, Pope, Sandhu, Silk, Vince
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Thunder captain Callum Ferguson was asked about Daniel Sams’ ($205k BAT/BWL) availability in the finals after they booked their spot. Sams is out with a hand/wrist injury.
Ferguson said: “It’s not a guarantee (that he’ll return) but certainly he’s starting to show really promising signs. From what our staff are saying, he’s a real chance to play.”
The triple-header which wraps up Round 13 and then a few days off until Friday’s first final.