Zampa ruled out for Round 5, Wildermuth no guarantee to return, Swepson to miss for Heat
Jack Wildermuth has been named to return for the Brisbane Heat after a back complaint while Mitch Swepson is out which may impact Liam Guthrie, while Adam Zampa has been ruled out for Round 5.
The Adelaide Strikers named a whole roster 18-man squad to play the Brisbane Heat on Thursday night, with Daniel Drew ($43k BAT) and Harry Conway ($89k BWL) added.
Drew has returned to the squad for Ryan Gibson ($64k BAT), with the Strikers confirming his hamstring injury is “medium-long term”.
The Heat confirmed their 15-man squad for the game, with Jack Wildermuth ($141k BAT/BWL) returning, along with Nathan McSweeney ($42k BAT/BWL), Matthew Kuhnemann ($80k BWL) and Cameron Gannon ($69k BWL).
Mitch Swepson ($163k BWL) drops out due to selection for the Boxing Day Test squad along with Tom Abell ($116k BAT) who, as Honeyball reported yesterday, will miss four weeks with a knee strain.
Wildermuth may return after a back issue but isn’t cleared to play yet. He said: “I’ve been battling my back a little bit & it came to a head about 10 days ago. It’s turned around really good. Hopefully I’m up for Thursday night but we’ll see how we go.”
All this may impact Liam Guthrie‘s ($76k BWL) selection, having been dropped last game.
Strikers: Siddle (c), Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Conway, Drew, Garton, Hunt, Johnson, Kelly, Rashid Khan, Nielsen, O’Connor, Renshaw, Scott, Short, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall
Heat: Peirson (c), Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Duckett, Gannon, Guthrie, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lynn, McSweeney, Mujeeb, Steketee, Wildermuth
Adam Zampa ($124k BWL) will miss the Melbourne Stars’ Round 5 game against the Hobart Hurricanes on Christmas Eve.
Stars teammate Marcus Stoinis said: “Zamps is going to take a break from this next game and then he’ll back in Brisbane (December 27 vs Heat).”