Stoinis to return but won’t bowl, Stars sign another import, Thunder add replacement

Marcus Stoinis has been named to return to play although he confirmed he won’t be bowling until the new year, while the Sydney Thunder confirmed a replacement and the Stars made another signing.



The Melbourne Stars named a 14-man squad to play the Sydney Thunder on Friday night with numerous changes likely to the XI.

 Andre Russell ($178k BAT/BWL), Qais Ahmad ($125k BWL) and Nathan Coulter-Nile ($189k BWL) come into the Stars squad with Peter Nevill ($61k WKP/BAT) and Syed Faridoun ($59k BWL) missing out.

Marcus Stoinis ($163k BAT/BWL) is set to return from injury too, although he didn’t declare that 100 percent, while he also clarified he wont be bowling.

Stoinis said: “All good I reckon. Just make sure I get through today. But fingers crossed I’ll be there tomorrow. (On bowling) Not for a little bit yet. A little bit of time.”

He added on bowling: “It’ll most likely be early in the new year but I haven’t started bowling yet.”

Coulter-Nile should return too, after being in WA for their opener. Stoinis said: “Coults is back in as well. Another big in. He’s been bowling really well. He had a good IPL. He looks fit, saw him yesterday.”

The Thunder named a 15-man squad with Lachlan Hearne (BAT) coming into the squad as a replacement for the injured Ollie Davies ($74k BAT). Chris Tremain ($86k BWL) and Baxter Holt ($62k WKP/BAT) were left out.

Stars: Maxwell, Qais Ahmed, Cartwright, Clarke, Couch, C-Nile, Elliott, Hinchliffe, Larkin, O’Connell, Rainbird, Russell, Stoinis, Webster, Zampa

Thunder: Billings, Cook, Cutting, Gilkes, Green, Hales, Hearne, McAndrew, Nair, Ross, Sams, Sandhu, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Whiteman


Lachlan Hearne (BAT) has come into the Sydney Thunder squad to replace the injured Davies. Hearne is a 20-year-old left-handed batsman who has played twice for NSW in the Sheffield Shield this year. He’s also an Australia U19 rep.


Ahmed Daniyal (BWL) has been signed by the Stars. He is a right-arm 24-year-old fast bowler from Lahore Qalanders. He played in four games in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, taking three wickets in four games.

Daniyal arrived in Australia on Monday and will join the Stars after completing his mandatory 72 hour quarantine period.

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