Neser and Swepson released to play for Heat, Marsh and Inglis to return in R13, Agar injury update

Test pair Michael Neser and Mitch Swepson have been released to play for the Brisbane Heat in Round 12, while Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis will also return for the Scorchers next round.

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The Brisbane Heat named their 18-man squad to face the Melbourne Stars on Sunday at the MCG, with Michael Neser ($127k BAT/BWL) and Mitch Swepson ($159k BWL) released from the Test squad and set to return.

The Heat update said: “Neser and Swepson will travel by charter flight tomorrow from Hobart.”

As well as those two, the Heat also welcomed back Jimmy Peirson and James Bazley after COVID-19 along with Fakhar Zaman who couldn’t play their last game in Queensland.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has departed for Afghanistan ODI duty, was among five players dropped.

The Stars confirmed their squad late on Saturday with Nathan Coulter-Nile added after a few games out with a hamstring injury.

Stars: Burns, Cartwright, Clarke, Couch, C-Nile, Crone, Daniyal, Elliott, Faridoun, Hinchliffe, Larkin, Maxwell (c), O’Connell, Rainbird, Rowe, Stoinis, Webster, Zampa

Heat: Peirson (c), Bartlett, Bazley, Bryant, Cooper, Duckett, Fakhar, Guthrie, Heazlett, Kuhnemann, Lynn, McSweeney, Neser, Pfeffer, Prestwidge, Steketee, Swepson, Wildermuth

Check out our predicted R12 line-ups

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Mitch Marsh ($244k BAT/BWL) and Josh Inglis ($86k WKP/BAT) appear set to return for the Perth Scorchers for their final regular season game.

Scorchers coach Adam Voges said: “That hasn’t been absolutely confirmed yet but my understanding is that they’re hopefully going to be on a plane tomorrow along with the Brisbane Heat guys.”

Jhye Richardson ($201k BWL) will not be released just yet. Voges added: “Jhye might be after the Test series but we’re hopeful of getting him back for finals. I had a good chat with Jhye the other day and he’s keen to be involved.”

Voges also clarified why Ashton Agar ($172k BAT/BWL) missed their past game. He said: “We’re hopeful, it’s just a really minor issue with Ashton’s bowling shoulder. We didn’t want to take any risks the other day in Adelaide and we’ll monitor him over the next 24-48 hours.”

Laurie Evans ($88k BAT) is also in doubt with a toe injury which meant he couldn’t keep on Friday. Voges said: “He had scans yesterday and he’s pretty sore. We’ll just check to see the results of that… if you don’t see him out there on Monday night, you’ll probably know there’s a fracture in there.”

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