Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

The Big Bash League will be reinforced by the return of test team members Michael Neser, Mitch Swepson, Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis, who will connect with their respective teams on Sunday.

Neser and Swepson will be driven back to Brisbane Heats XI for Sunday night’s crucial MCG showdown with the Melbourne Stars.

Neser will play his first KFC BBL match this summer, while Swepson has already won two matches.

Marsh and Inglis, both added to an expanded test squad after Travis Head’s COVID-19 diagnosis gave rise to fears of an outbreak, will rejoin the Perth Scorchers on Sunday.

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The quartet will travel via charter flights from Hobart to Melbourne.

Marcus Harris (Melbourne Renegades) and Jhye Richardson (Scorchers) will remain on drink service in Hobart for the remainder of the Ashes series finale.

The BBL teams have mostly been based in Melbourne since the start of last week as Cricket Australia try to end the season amid rising COVID-19 incidents within the eight player teams.

Scorcher coach Adam Voges said they also hoped Richardson would return to the BBL final after the fifth Vodafone Ashes Test.

“My understanding is that they (Marsh and Inglis) will hopefully be on a plane tomorrow with the guys who are in Hobart for the Brisbane Heat,” Voges said.

“We will definitely welcome them all back, but once they board the plane tomorrow, I will be much happier.”

Voges said they were hoping to have Ashton Agar available for their next match against the Heat at Marvel Stadium on Monday after he missed their clash with the Adelaide Strikers on Friday morning due to a shoulder injury.

“It’s just a much minor issue with Ash’s bowling shoulder. We did not want to take any risks the other day in Adelaide and we will monitor him over the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

“If we feel he needs a little more of a longer break to make sure he’s 100 percent ready to go to the final, then we’ll call.

“He was desperate to play the other day, but we will be conservative if we need to be with him.”

The Heat have included all 12 players previously hit by COVID-19 for their must-win showdown against the Stars, which will be Chris Lynn’s 100th BBL match.

International striker Fakhar Zaman will remain with the Heat squad ahead of his awaited return trip to the Pakistan Super League, but they have lost Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who traveled to prepare for his country’s upcoming series against the Netherlands.

A win from both sides will keep them in the hunt for fifth place, which is the last qualifying spot for the final, while the season is over for the loser.

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