Friday’s Strikers-Stars game postponed, Meredith injured, Marsh & Inglis unlikely anytime soon

Friday’s Adelaide Strikers-Melbourne Stars was postponed, the Sydney Sixers had a COVID-19 scare with four players testing positive, while Mitch Marsh isn’t likely to return soon and Riley Meredith was injured.

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There will be no Friday game in the BBL, with the league confirming that the game between the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars has been postponed.

The BBL wrote: “The Melbourne Stars currently have 13 players in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. A number of those players are due to exit isolation soon, subject to a negative test.

“However, with concern for the health and wellbeing of those players, the League has deemed it unreasonable for them to play a match in the time available after exiting isolation.

“The League will advise a new date for the match shortly, along with plans to safely execute the remainder of the KFC BBL|11 season.”

That comes amid speculation of a Melbourne hub, with the Geelong Advertiser reporting that the postponed Melbourne Stars-Perth Scorchers game will be played at GMHBA Stadium on January 11, which would likely slot into Round 11 of SC.

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The Sydney Sixers put out an update that said: ” Four members of the Sydney Sixers touring party have tested positive to COVID-19 after undergoing a PCR test in the last 48hrs.

“Those four members are isolating from the rest of the group and are being supported by the Club. No further information regarding the four members will be provided at this stage.

“All other members of the touring party have returned negative results following PCR tests in the last 24 hours. All members of the touring party have been undertaking daily rapid testing for several weeks and will continue to do so. The Sixers will travel to Coffs Harbour tomorrow for Sunday night’s fixture against the Perth Scorchers.”

Code Sports are reporting that among those players are Sean Abbott ($244k BWL) and Moises Henriques ($116k BAT).

If you’re hanging on to Mitch Marsh ($244k BAT/BWL) or Josh Inglis ($86k WKP/BAT) and even holding out hope of signing Jhye Richardson ($201k BWL), don’t expect them to play BBL anytime soon.

Scorchers coach Adam Voges told FoxCricket: “We’re hopeful we’ll get a few of those Aussie guys back by the time the 5th Test comes around.”

The Hobart Hurricanes confirmed that all-rounder Josh Kann ($42k BAT/BWL) has tested positive for COVID-19 and remains in isolation in Hobart.

Canes captain Matthew Wade also revealed Riley Meredith ($149k BWL) had sustained an injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Strikers.

Wade said: “I’m not going to reveal (what the injury was) because I don’t know if I can. He felt a little sore in the warm-up, so we let him bowl one over to try to get the breakthroughs early in the first six overs.

“It didn’t pan out that way, (and) he was going off. We don’t think it’s a long-term injury but if he pushed through and did something long-term, we’re pretty thin on fast bowlers at the moment, so we took the cautionary role in this game. We’re really hopeful he’ll play the next game.”

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