Zampa confirmed out, Meredith set for full return, Abbott new role & Sos timeframe revealed

The Melbourne Stars confirmed Adam Zampa’s absence for Christmas Eve, while Riley Meredith appears set to return full-time for the Hobart Hurricanes and Sean Abbott was talked up.

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The Hobart Hurricanes named an unchanged 16-man squad to play the Melbourne Stars in Hobart on Friday afternoon (note early start).

Hurricanes captain Matthew Wade praised Tom Rogers ($113k BWL) who looks likely to hold his spot for their upcoming Round 6 double with a few key bowlers out.

Wade said: “He’s one of our seam bowlers that we go to. He bowled (in the) surge and at the end the other night. Really, really good signs for Tom.”

Riley Meredith ($128k BWL) also looks certain to be back in full capacity after being X-factored out last game.

Wade said: “We’ll have Riley back for a full game this time as well. We had two quicks and Riley bowled one over the other night. That was always the plan. His rehab was ahead of schedule.”

The Stars named a 15-man squad for the game, with Adam Zampa ($124k BWL) dropping out as reported on Wednesday, which Tom O’Connell ($62k BWL) and Joe Burns ($91k BAT) come into consideration.

Hurricanes: Brook, David, Ellis, Handscomb, Jewell, Kann, Lamichhane, McDermott, Meredith, Owen, Parker, Rogers, Short, Thompson, Wade (c), Wright

Stars: Maxwell (c), Qais, Burns, Cartwright, Clarke, Couch, C-Nile, Hinchliffe, Larkin, Nevill, O’Connell, Rainbird, Russell, Stoinis, Webster

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Sean Abbott ($196k BWL) looms as one of the major trade-in options in coming rounds given his form and vice-captain Dan Hughes was full of praise for him, hinting at a better role too.

Hughes said: “He keeps getting better. He’s got great skills. He can bowl with the new ball, in the surge, in the middle and the end. With CJ gone now, I think Sabba will lead our attack.”

Shaun Marsh ($106k BAT) will likely come into Renegades calculations after the turn of the year due to a calf injury.

Renegades captain Nic Maddinson said: “I think he’s joining up with the squad after Xmas & looking to play once we hit the New Year…. He’s going really well.”

Thunder batsman Jason Sangha ($72k BAT) came in for Sam Whiteman and did a good job last round and may hold his place.

Sangha said: β€œThis year I feel my game is in a good place, I am hitting the ball really well so I don’t need to go searching for something that isn’t there.”

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