Curran’s season over, Paris to miss several games, SOK ruled out & Meredith in the mix
Tom Curran’s season is over and the severity of injuries to Joel Paris and Steve O’Keefe was confirmed while the Sixers indicated they may be looking to sign some replacements.
Tom Curran‘s ($170k BWL/BAT) BBL campaign is over due to injury. The Sixers said in a update: “Forced out of the remainder of the tournament after suffering from a troublesome hotspot in his back. Will return to the UK immediately to begin his rehabilitation.”
Steve O’Keefe ($171k BWL) is also set to miss a few games with a calf injury although they didn’t confirm an exact timeframe.
The Sixers said: “Unlikely to play in the Sixers’ next match & his condition will be continually monitored over the Christmas period with a return to play to be assessed in due course.”
All this appears good for Hayden Kerr‘s ($101k BAT/BWL) job security, although Jackson Bird ($119k BWL) isn’t far off returning from an Achilles injury either.
Sixers captain Moises Henriques said: “We also saw Ben Dwarshuis return from injury this week, Jackson Bird isn’t too far away and Sean Abbott is back after the birth of his daughter, so there is no need to panic.”
Amid all this, the Sixers said: “Sixers management will explore injury replacement player options in coming days.” Chris Jordan‘s ($117k BWL) stint finishes soon and with Curran out, they can sign two imports.
The Hobart Hurricanes confirmed that Joel Paris ($99k BWL) will miss several games with the groin injury he sustained earlier this week.
Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith said: “He’ll be out for a little period of time. We’re hopeful we’ll potentially get him back for the back-end of the tournament.”
He also provided an update on the hamstring injury to Riley Meredith ($134k BWL). He said: “I don’t think Monday. If not Monday, definitely the following game. He’s very close. He bowled yesterday in the nets. He’ll bowled again today… We won’t rush him back in.”
Griffith also backed D’Arcy Short ($166k BAT/BWL) who hasn’t been his explosive self this season and talked up his bowling skills. He said: “He’s such an important player for us, not only with the bat but also the bowl as well. He’s a genuine all-rounder now. I think we’re starting to see the D’Arcy Short come back now.”
With Scott Boland ($139k BWL) covering with the Ashes squad and Paris injured, the Canes have a dearth of fast bowlers but Griffith indicated Tom Rogers ($93k BWL) would likely come in.
He said: “He’s bowled beautifully for us and was really unlucky to miss the last game. I’m really confident with where he’s at at the moment.”
Canes captain Matthew Wade also indicated Josh Kann ($42k BAT/BWL) could be up for consideration too.
Wade: said “We haven’t got the (bowling) depth. We’ve got some all-rounders, Kann and Thompson, who can play a role. We’ve got some spin options (Wil Parker) we can hit them with.”