It is still unknown whether the star quick will be fit for the KFC BBL Final but if he is the Sixers will have to make a tough call
The Sydney Sixers are still deciphering the scans of Mitch Starc’s hamstring but will “strongly” consider selecting the star paceman if he is fit for Saturday’s KFC BBL Final.
Starc signed for the Sixers last November with the aim of playing the final games of the regular season in his first BBL stint since 2014.
But those plans were dashed when the left-armer was sent for scans on his hamstring in the wake of the Vodafone Test Series loss to India.
While the 31-year-old has been waiting to learn his fate, the Sixers secured first place with a tense win over BBL|09 finalists Melbourne Stars before hammering the Perth Scorchers in the Qualifier to advance to the Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sixers have welcomed back Test squad members Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott for the back end of the season, in a similar boost to last year when Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood joined late in the campaign.
The trio played key roles in the Sixers taking out the tournament and Starc could provide a similar boost if given the green light for the Final.
Fortunately for the Sixers, they still boast a powerful bowling attack even if Starc is not right to play.
Sydney’s leading wicket-taker Ben Dwarshius and former Test quick Jackson Bird took the new ball in the comprehensive win over the Scorchers in the Qualifier, with incumbent Australia T20 fast bowler Abbott coming on as first change.
Veteran Stephen O’Keefe has been the preferred sole spinner with seasoned pros Carlos Brathwaite and Dan Christian chipping in with their right-arm medium pace.
Should Starc be available it would undoubtedly produce the good kind of headache for Shipperd and the Sixers selectors.
The Sixers will face the winner of Thursday night’s Challenger final between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval in the Final on Saturday in what will be their first and last home game of the season.
“It feels like we haven’t been home for two years,” Hughes said.
“The boys are very excited to get home. We’ve been away all tournament, the boys are excited to get home in front of our home fans and friends and family as well.
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