Finch ruled out for Renegades, in-form Maddinson & Swepson return, Player of the Match Neser left out
Aaron Finch was ruled out of the Melbourne Renegades’ Round 3 game while Nic Maddinson was confirmed to return and Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser and James Seymour found form too.
The Renegades named their 15-man squad to play the Brisbane Heat on Monday, with Nic Maddinson ($115k BAT) back after Australia A duty.
Josh Lalor ($106k BWL) is also added, but Aaron Finch ($62k BAT) has not made the final squad as he continues to recover from a knee problem.
The Heat confirmed their 13-man squad on Monday around lunchtime Mark Steketee ($153k BWL) and Michael Neser ($127k BWL) unavailable after the Australia A tour game which finished on Sunday.
Brisbane’s update said: “Australia ‘A’ representatives Mark Steketee and Michael Neser were not considered for selection due to workload and national squad considerations.”
However, Mitch Swepson ($170k BWL), who bowled 46.2 overs in the second innings, has been included along with English batsman Tom Abell ($125k BAT).
Matt Kuhnemann ($80k BWL) and Nathan McSweeney ($42k BAT/BWL) drop out along with Jack Wildermuth ($141k BAT/BWL) who has a “minor back complaint”.
Heat: Peirson (c), Abell, Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Duckett, Gannon, Guthrie, Heazlett, Lynn, Mujeeb, Swepson
Renegades: Maddinson (c), Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harvey, Zahir Khan, Lalor, Merlo, Mohammad Nabi, Pattinson, Perry, Prestwidge, Richardson, Seymour, Sutherland, Topley
The batting of Heat bowler Xavier Bartlett ($120k BWL) was recognised by coach Wade Seccombe who said: “When you’ve got someone who comes in at number eight who is batting as well as he is, it’s a bonus for us at this point in time.”
Several Renegades played in Victorian Premier Cricket on Saturday, with James Seymour ($56k BAT/BWL) making 67 from 96 balls and taking 1-10 from five overs.
The aforementioned Neser ($127k BWL) was Player of the Match in that Australia A game with figures of 5-29 and 2-36. Mitch Marsh ($132k BAT/BWL) smashed 60* from 27 balls, while Maddinson ($115k BAT) went fast with 71 from 46.