Round 8 and 9 fixtures re-arranged, English players departure dates confirmed, Ellis out injured

There was more fixture chaos on Tuesday with three games being re-arranged with up to seven Brisbane Heat players returning positive COVID-19 tests and clarity on the English cohorts’ exits.

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FIXTURES

In case you somehow missed it, there was chaos with the Round 8 and Round 9 SuperCoach BBL with three fixtures re-arranged meaning the Perth Scorchers’ R9 double moved into R8 leaving the Heat with a R8 bye and R9 double.

The BBL explained: “The changes have been made after positive rapid antigen tests were recorded within the Heat squad this morning. The Club has now undertaken PCR testing of all players and support staff, plus potential replacement players.”

The updated fixtures are as follows:

January 4, 6:15pm AEST: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers (previously scheduled for January 6)
January 5, 8:15pm AEST: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers (previously scheduled for January 4)
January 6, 8:15pm AEST: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder (previously scheduled for January 5)

The Heat said in an update they will finalise replacement players in the next 24 hours.

SuperCoach BBL confirmed no extra trades for R8’s final game, before an additional trade is offered up for R9.

TEAM NEWS

The Adelaide Strikers confirmed a 13-man squad to play the Hobart Hurricanes at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday afternoon with Harry Conway ($89k BWL) added.

George Garton ($123k BAT/BWL) is absent as he returns to England to isolate ahead of the T20I series against the West Indies, while Fawad Ahmed ($77k BWL) also misses out.

The Hurricanes named a 14-man squad for the game, with Nathan Ellis ($150k BWL) a shock absentee. The Canes update said: “Nathan Ellis is unavailable for selection, after sustaining a side injury at training.”

Josh Kann ($42k BAT/BWL) was also ruled out. The Canes said: “Has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.  Thus far, Kann himself has tested negative for COVID-19.”

Strikers: Siddle (c), Agar, Conway, Hunt, Kelly, Rashid Khan, Nielsen, Renshaw, Scott, Short, Weatherald, Wells, Worrall

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

The Heat and Sixers squads for Wednesday’s late game were not confirmed at the time of writing.

UPDATES

There is some confusion around when the BBL’s England T20I cohort will depart after being called back early, which was made worse by the fixture changes.

But the Scorchers confirmed Tymal Mills ($133k BWL) will play his final game of BBL|11 on Tuesday.

The Sixers told Honeyball early on Tuesday that James Vince ($96k BAT) would be available for Tuesday and Thursday’s games, although Thursday’s game has been moved to Thursday.

The Thunder told Honeyball that Sam Billings ($158k BAT/WKP) and Saqib Mahmood ($154k BWL) would play one final game against the Scorchers on Wednesday but that game has moved to Thursday and with Mills exiting, they may be done.

In other news, Scott Boland ($139k BWL) was confirmed to play in the fourth Ashes Test meaning he’s unavailable for the Hobart Hurricanes across R9 and their R10 double.

The Scorchers also confirmed 32-year-old batsman Chris Sabburg ($42k BAT) as a replacement player for U19 World Cup-bound Cooper Connolly ($42k BAT/BWL).

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