Shadab brought straight into Sixers squad, Patterson doubts linger, Seymour ruled out, England call-ups

New Sydney Sixers signing Shabad Khan has been brought straight into their squad for Sunday’s Sydney Smash while doubt still remains about Kurtis Patterson and James Seymour will not play.

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The Sydney Thunder named an 18-man squad to play the Sydney Sixers on Sunday in the Sydney Smash, although there is rain predicted at the Showgrounds.

The Thunder offered little insights into their line-up with Lachlan Hearne ($42k BAT), Baxter Holt ($62k WKP/BAT) and Arjun Nair ($107k BAT/BWL) added from their full roster, with Ollie Davies ($74k BAT) still not yet available.

The Sixers named their 16-man squad to play the Thunder with new Pakistani signing Shadab Khan (BWL) included, replacing departed import Chris Jordan ($108k BWL).

Sixers coach Greg Shipperd: β€œWe welcome Shadab’s skills in all three facets of the game and can’t wait to see him get an opportunity in coming matches.”

The Sixers confirmed Shadab had arrived on Thursday and may be cleared to play on Sunday after quarantine pending the timing of his COVID-19 test results.

Thunder: Billings, Cook, Cutting, Gilkes, Green (c), Hales, Hearne, Holt, Mahmood, McAndrew, Nair, Ross, Sams, Sandhu, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Tremain, Whiteman

Sixers: Abbott, Christian, Dwarshuis, J.Edwards, M.Edwards, Henriques (c), Hughes, Kerr, Shadab Khan, Murphy, Neil-Smith, Philippe, Pope, Silk, Vince, Winter

The Perth Scorchers named an unchanged 17-man squad to play the Melbourne Renegades on Sunday.

There’s doubt about Kurtis Patterson‘s ($122k BAT) availability with a quad issue and the Scorchers added: “In-form opener Kurtis Patterson is poised to have his fitness assessed closer to the match, before a decision regarding his availability is made.”  

On Christmas Eve, the Renegades confirmed a smaller 13-man squad for the game, with James Seymour ($58k BAT/BWL) dropping out and Jono Merlo ($50k BAT/BWL) added.

Gades coach David Saker said: “It’s unlikely we’ll change our team. The batting group were very good the other day.” This is likely good news for Jake Fraser-McGurk ($48k BAT).

He also talked up trade target Aaron Finch ($82k BAT): “Finch at his best is as good as anyone in the world. The first shot he played down the ground off Behrendorff, we’ve not seen for a while. It was good to see him hit the ball so cleanly.”

Saker also spoke about the likely timeframe for the return of Shaun Marsh ($106k BAT) from a calf injury. He said: “He’ll arrive Boxing Day or the day after. We’ll assess him. He won’t play on (Dec) 29th. We might hold him back to (Jan) 3rd. Our physios haven’t got their hands on him yet.”

Scorchers: Turner (c), Agar, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Evans, Hardie,  Hatzoglou, Hobson, Inglis, M.Marsh, Mills, Moody, Morris, Munro, Kelly, Patterson, Tye

Renegades: Maddinson (c), Finch, Fraser-McGurk, Harper, Harvey, Zahir Khan, Merlo, Mohammad Nabi, Pattinson, Prestwidge, Richardson, Sutherland, Topley

INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS

Scott Boland ($139k BWL) was confirmed to play in the Boxing Day Test, meaning he will not be freed up to play in the Hobart Hurricanes’ Round 6 double game week, which may positively impact Jordan Thompson‘s ($124k BAT/BWL) job security.

England named their T20I squad for a series against the West Indies from January 22-30 in Barbados with BBL quintet George Garton ($154k BAT/BWL), Saqib Mahmood ($140k BWL), Tymal Mills ($144k BWL), Reece Topley ($125k BWL) and James Vince ($111k BAT) all included. They will likely fly out in mid-January, potentially impacting the late regular season rounds which are relevant to SuperCoach BBL.

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