Abbott out, Paris injured, Finch ‘likely for next game’ & Mills to miss part of Scorchers double
Sean Abbott has been left out and Ben Dwarshuis is set to return for the Sydney Sixers, while Aaron Finch is “likely to play next game” but Scorchers import Tymal Mills will miss the first game of their double.
The Melbourne Stars named an unchanged 14-man squad to play the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday night.
The Sixers named a 15-man squad to play the Stars, with Sean Abbott ($179k BWL) not selected in the squad with his partner due to give birth, which may help Hayden Kerr‘s ($94k BAT/BWL) job security.
Ben Dwarshuis ($181k BWL) is named and is set to return having played club cricket on Sunday.
Dwarshuis told RSNBreakfast: “It’s taken me a couple of weeks to be back. It’s feeling really good at the moment. Hopefully it’s all good from here… Hopefully I’m good to go for the next little bit.”
Stars: Maxwell (c), Qais, Cartwright, Clarke, Couch, C-Nile, Hinchliffe, Larkin, Nevill, Rainbird, Russell, Stoinis, Webster, Zampa
Sixers: Christian, Curran, Dwarshuis, J.Edwards, M.Edwards, Henriques (c), Hughes, Jordan, Kerr, O’Keefe, Philippe, Pope, Silk, Vince, Winter
Melbourne Renegades coach David Saker offered good news about Aaron Finch ($62k BAT) who has missed their opening three games with a knee issue.
Saker said on 7Cricket: “It’s likely he’ll be here for the next game.”
The Brisbane Heat confirmed Mitch Swepson ($170k BWL) “has re-joined the Australian Ashes squad in Adelaide where he will prepare for the day/night Second Test starting on Thursday.”
However, Brisbane’s next BBL game is not until Sunday December 19 against the Thunder, so he could be released by then.
New Perth Scorchers import Tymal Mills ($125k BWL) starred on Tuesday night against the Hobart Hurricanes but revealed he will not play the first game of their double in Round 4.
Mills said on FoxCricket: “I don’t think I’m allowed to play the next game as I’m not allowed into WA (December 20 vs Hobart), so I’ll come out & somebody else will come back in.”
The Scorchers play Hobart on Monday December 20 in Perth followed by the Renegades on Wednesday December 22 in Melbourne in their double.
Mitch Marsh ($132k BAT/BWL) did not bowl in Tuesday’s game but he is available if needed. Marsh told FoxCricket: “All good to (bowl). Obviously we played five bowlers. I’m sure when required I’ll get a few overs throughout the middle. I’m certainly working hard on my bowling & looking to be available when I can.”
Hobart Hurricanes bowler Joel Paris ($83k BWL) injured his groin in Tuesday’s loss to the Perth Scorchers and was forced out of the bowling innings after 1.4 overs.
Earlier in the day, Canes coach Adam Griffith had pumped up Paris on Gilly & Goss: “I think he’s only getting better. He’s not just relying on his physical tools and swinging the ball. He’s got some tricks and some good pace… He’s been an important player for us.”
Griffith also talked up Tim David ($97k BAT) as an all-rounder in a hint for selection. He said: “Last year he played every game but we didn’t use him with the ball but he’s worked very hard on his bowling. He’s actually turning himself into a genuine all-rounder now.”
Thunder bat Ollie Davies ($74k BAT) returned to play for Manly-Warringah in Sunday’s NSW Kingsgrove T20 Cup on Sunday after a thumb injury but he only made 4 off 2 balls opening.
The Thunder said that there is no timeframe on Davies’ return to the BBL but that he is tracking well.