BBL news this week: Webster makes Stars switch, Heat import out, Stoinis injured
Beau Webster made the switch across from the Renegades to the Stars, the Heat made some big announcements with a new captain and an import ruled out and Marcus Stoinis picked up an injury.
Beau Webster made the move across Melbourne as expected, joining the Stars from the Renegades, bolstering their middle order and bowling options.
Stars coach Dave Hussey said: “He’s proven in recent seasons that he can lift his strike rate and be really damaging with the bat at key points in an innings.
“He’s got a real ability to change up both our batting and bowling attacks and that versatility is something we’re always looking for in T20 cricket.”
The Strikers announced that Jake Weatherald has re-committed, taking their list of contracted players to 13.
Strikers coach Jason Gillespie said: “Last year he showed his adaptability, playing a few games batting in the middle order which shows that he has a game that is not just suited to the top of the order, but he could potentially play in the middle order as well, which I’m sure is something the Australian selectors will have taken note of.
“Our job is to win titles for the Strikers, but we also want to help players achieve all their goals, and I’m sure the national selectors would have watched what he did last season with considerable interest.”
The Heat confirmed English wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton will not return for BBL|11 despite being contracted, opening up a spot in their squad. Banton missed last year’s tournament due to wellbeing concerns stemming from bubble fatigue and had similar concerns for BBL|11.
Brisbane also confirmed Jimmy Peirson will be their skipper for BBL|11 with Chris Lynn having previously stepped down from the role.
Heat coach Wade Seccombe was hopeful that may bring out the best in Lynn this season. He said: “I think it’ll free him up. He likes the idea of taking on the role of senior player, that brings responsibility in itself.”
Stars all-rounder Marcus Stoinis sustained a calf/hamstring injury in the Delhi Daredevils’ win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday in the IPL and left the field and did not return. BBL|11 is still more than two months away, but these types of injuries can impact his ability to bowl.
Josh Philippe (137 from 116), Mitch Marsh (111 from 124) and Alex Carey (128* from 106) and Jason Behrendorff (4-39 from 7.3 overs) started the Marsh Cup in style in the SA-WA match on Wednesday.
Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja and Gurinder Sandhu all tonned up in Queensland 50-over Premier Cricket, while Thunder import Sam Billings skippered Kent Spitfires to the T20 Blast title in the UK and BBL free agent Fawad Ahmed helped St Kitts & Nevis Patriots win the Caribbean Premier League with two wickets in the final.