BBL News This Week: Three more imports, national selections confirmed, R1 injury chaos
It’s been a massive week with the missing pieces in the jigsaw starting to fall with three more imports confirmed, the Ashes and Australia A squads confirmed but also some unhelpful injury news.
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The Perth Scorchers confirmed the signings of two English imports, firstly South Africa-born right-arm fast bowler Brydon Carse (pred $125k BWL).
Scorchers coach Adam Voges said: “Brydon is an impressive young talent who can make an impact with both ball and bat and has the ability to take the game away from an opposition side.”
Carse is in the English Lions squad so will miss the first two rounds. He averaged 45.18 SC BBL points for Durham in this year’s Vitality Blast, but only took six wickets in 11 games, being more productive in a lower-order pinch-hitting role.
Perth also secured top-order batsman Laurie Evans (pred $125k BAT), who spent most of this year’s Vitality Blast batting at first drop for Surrey.
Voges said: “Laurie is a top player who will bring versatility, power and experience to the team, he is a great competitor.”
Evans, who has never played BBL but has T20 experience around the world in the CPL and PSL, averaged 35.67 SC BBL points in this year’s Vitality Blast.
The Renegades surprised a few by announcing a fourth impact with the addition of Afghan spinner Zahir Khan ($93k BWL)
Gades coach David Saker said: “He’s a skilful bowler, has plenty of variations and is a young player who will only continue to improve. We believe he will add a point of difference to our bowling attack.”
The Heat also confirmed the signing of young fast bowler Connor Sully ($42k BWL) who was a replacement player for them in BBL|10.
Heat coach Wade Seccombe said: “I am sure he will enjoy the chance to soak up the experience again, as well as provide another option for some x-factor in our bowling if the opportunity presents itself.”
There’s a big flag on the availability of Renegades cheapie Aaron Finch ($62k BAT) for early in the season after revealing he battled through the T20 World Cup with a knee injury.
Finch said on Thursday: “I probably need a bit of extra time to get my knee right now. I pushed the rehab really hard and probably paid the price for it a little bit throughout the tournament.
“I’m not sure. I’ll wait and see over the next couple of weeks. The first Renegades game is in Adelaide. We’ll wait and see. See if I’m right for that.”
Hurricanes opener Matthew Wade ($145k BAT/WKP), missed out on national selection this week, but revealed he suffered a side strain in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup final which could impact his early season availability too.
Wade said: “I strained my side. I’ll go for another scan in the next few days. It’ll probably be 2-3 weeks off. I’ll be right for the start of the Big Bash.”
The Renegades have already lost Shaun Marsh ($106k BAT) for the early part of the season with the WACA confirming his calf injury will rule him out until Christmas.
Hurricanes recruit Joel Paris ($62k BWL) has “a moderate-grade left groin strain that is expected to keep him out for three weeks”, so he’ll be touch and go for Round 1, although his injury history means they may be cautious.
Stars fast bowler Liam Hatcher ($141k BWL) is one to monitor for Round 1 with a “back complaint” ruling him out for NSW this week.
Thunder quick Brendan Doggett ($176k BWL) also looks set to miss early in the BBL season with a side strain.
The big implications this week came out of the national selections, with the Ashes and Australia A squads confirmed. In a nutshell, the Ashes squad is only for the first two Tests so those players are definitely out until close to Christmas, but that’s likely to be extended until mid-to-late January.
For those in the Australia A squad, they will miss the first two or three rounds, with the tour match against the English Lions due to finish on December 12 in Brisbane. Players from the Heat, Renegades, Hurricanes, Scorchers, Sixers and Stars (second game in their R3 double) could still play in Round 3.
Australia’s Ashes squad: Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Australia A players: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Bryce Street
Not selected: Moises Henriques, Josh Philippe, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Ben McDermott, Peter Handscomb
Australia obviously won the T20 World Cup on Sunday, with Mitch Marsh ($132k BAT/BWL) starring in the final, with a SC BBL score of 108.
The main news from Premier Cricket was Heat paceman Xavier Bartlett ($97k BWL) returning to bowl in Queensland after a back injury. He got through eight overs and took 0-37. Heat bat Tom Cooper ($62k BAT) also banging down the door ahead of their Round 1 double with another century in SA Premier Cricket.
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