Hurricanes chaos with new imports added, DC & Abbott doubts, Finch update, McDermott out
Four squads were confirmed for Wednesday’s double-header with some shock new faces for the Hobart Hurricanes with Ben McDermott out, while doubts remain over Dan Christian and Sean Abbott.
The Perth Scorchers named their 13-man squad to play the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night, with Ashton Agar ($89k BAT/BWL) included as reported by Honeyball on Saturday.
The Heat named an unchanged squad from the side that lost to the Sydney Thunder on Monday night.
Scorchers: Turner, Agar, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Evans, Hardie, Hatzoglou, Hobson, Moody, Munro, Kelly, Patterson, Tye
Heat: Peirson, Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Duckett, Gannon, Guthrie, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lynn, McSweeney, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wildermuth
There was carnage with the Hobart Hurricanes naming their 15-man squad to play the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night, with three replacement players added.
Ben McDermott ($163k BAT/WKP) was ruled out after undergoing groin surgery following a hit in the nets on Monday. Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith said: “We won’t have McDermott… He had some surgery last night. Fingers crossed it’s a short term one. Hopefully we get him back around Christmas.”
McDermott’s absence is good news for Caleb Jewell ($62k BAT). Griffith added: “We’re looking at that (McDermott) role. Caleb Jewell and Mac Wright we’ve got in our squad. Caleb is in great form. Mac has done a good job for us in the past.”
Jordan Thompson ($125k BAT/BWL) was also ruled out after being in contact with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19. The club update said: “The Hurricanes are confident he will be available for next match.”
The Canes also added Tom Andrews ($42k BWL), Jordan Cox ($125k BAT) and Tom Lammonby ($125k BAT/BWL) as replacements for Scott Boland, Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson respectively.
Andrews is a spinner who can bat and has played BBL before, while both Cox and Lammonby are English players who hold Australian passports and have been playing in Sydney.
Cox made 367 runs in 12 innings averaging 52.42 with the bat with a 142 strike rate for Kent in the 2021 Vitality Blast. Lammonby made 219 in 10 innings averaging 27.37 with the bat with a 162 strike rate for Somerset in the Blast.
The Sixers named a 17-man squad for the game, with Lawrence Neil-Smith ($42k BWL) added, as doubts remain on Dan Christian ($184k BAT/BWL) and Sean Abbott ($169k BWL).
The Sixers wrote in an update: “The availability of Dan Christian (birth of first child yesterday) and Sean Abbott (awaiting birth of first child) will be decided on the morning of the match.”
Hurricanes: Andrews, Cox, David, Ellis, Handscomb, Jewell, Kann, Lamichhane, Lammonby, Paris, Parker, Rogers, Short, Wade, Wright
Sixers: Abbott, Christian, Curran, J.Edwards, M.Edwards, Henriques, Hughes, Jordan, Kerr, Manenti, Neil-Smith, O’Keefe, Philippe, Pope, Silk, Vince, Winter
The Melbourne Stars confirmed the signing of Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf ($151k BWL), who will be available to play from December 27 against the Brisbane Heat, subject to Covid protocols and will remain with the team until the end of the season.
Stars coach David Hussey said: “His addition brings experience, energy and quality to our fast-bowling stocks.”
Griffith also provided an update on the injured Riley Meredith ($134k BWL) who has a hamstring problem. He said: “Riley is progressing really well. He’s back bowling now. We’ll be cautious with him. He’s had a few niggles over the last six months. We’ll make sure he’s primed and ready to go.”
His absence may impact the job security of Joel Paris ($62k BWL). Griffith said: “Joel Paris has trained the house down and will get an opportunity to open the bowling for us.”
Aaron Finch ($62k BAT) missed the Melbourne Renegades game against the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday with a knee issue and offered an update on his potential return.
Finch told 7News Melbourne: “I think realistically we’ll push for the third game. With the next game being so quick in Adelaide, I think that’d be unlikely as well. I’ll push for the third game.”
The Heat also mentioned there was hope Mitch Swepson ($170k BWL) may be released to play next week. The Heat update said: “He may be available for the Heat’s first home game of BBL|11 next Monday December 13 (on the Gold Coast).”