Davies and Doggett return for Thunder after injury, Patterson doubt, Philippe hyped up
It was a quiet news day although the Sydney Thunder confirmed the return from injury of two top players, while Sydney Sixers coach Greg Shipperd hyped up Josh Philippe.
The Sydney Thunder named their 18-man squad to play the Perth Scorchers in Canberra on Tuesday night.
The size of the Thunder squad didn’t offer much insight but they have included Ollie Davies ($74k BAT) and Brendon Doggett ($176k BWL) after injury, replacing Lachlan Hearne ($42k BAT) and Arjun Nair ($107k BAT/BWL).
The Scorchers named an unchanged 17-man squad on Tuesday, although Kurtis Patterson ($122k BAT) remains in doubt but has made progress.
Perth’s update said: “Patterson has taken strides forward since experiencing tightness in his left quad during Perth’s win over Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena on December 20.
“Patterson tested his fitness during a series of running drills throughout the week, improving his chances of being cleared for selection this evening.”
Thunder: Billings, Cook, Cutting, Davies, Doggett, Gilkes, Green, Hales, Holt, Mahmood, McAndrew, Ross, Sams, Sandhu, J.Sangha, T.Sangha, Tremain, Whiteman
Scorchers: Turner (c), Agar, Bancroft, Behrendorff, Evans, Hardie, Hatzoglou, Hobson, Inglis, M.Marsh, Mills, Moody, Morris, Munro, Kelly, Patterson, Tye
A lot of coaches were considering trading out Josh Philippe ($251k BAT/WKP) this round given his high breakeven, although think twice as Sixers coach Greg Shipperd explained his quality.
He told RSN: “He’s in the top top bracket. He’s close to David Warner with his ability to score all around the wicket. Beautiful stroke production. He’s got a hungry head for runs.”