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Perera and Brathwaite set to play in Big Bash 2016-17

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Perera will replace Bravo in the Melbourne Renegades squad. Pic Credit: ICC

Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera is set to join Melbourne Renegades as a replacement of Dwayne Bravo who is out of the competition due to injury. The experienced left-handed big hitter will be a welcome addition to the squad thanks to his experience.


Renegades’ coach Andrew McDonald spoke about the new addition, “It has obviously been a quick turnaround following Dwayne’s injury but we’re happy we’ve been able to secure someone of Thisara’s experience for the remainder of the BBL. I’m looking forward to having him in the group and showing what he can do.”

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Brathwaite will replace fellow countryman Andre Russell in Sydney Thunder’s squad. Pic Credit: ICC

Not only Perera but Carlos Brathwaite is also set to participate in the BBL 2016-17, as he will replace Andre Russell who had a troubled time in the competition. “Andre has been playing with long standing tendinitis of the right knee, that flared up in the opening rounds for the BBL,” the Thunder physio Murray Ryan said. He added, “This was investigated via MRI following the Perth Scorchers game and several interventions implemented to assist his symptoms and allow him to continue playing.”


He went on to say, “Unfortunately Andre’s playing fitness has been compounded further by an injury to his left hamstring – the extent of this injury to be confirmed further via scans in Sydney tomorrow, however initial signs suggest a minimum 4-6 week recovery.”


England pacer Tymal Mills has been signed by Brisbane Heat as a replacement for West Indian legspinner Samuel Badree. Having played just 1 T20 international in his career, Mills has previously played in the Bangladesh Premier League and New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament Super Smash.


“With Sam Badree and Josh Lalor both out injured at the moment, the opportunity to provide additional variety to the attack was very attractive,” the Heat coach Daniel Vettori regarding Mills’ selection. “Tymal has been going well for Auckland so he is match-ready. We’re looking forward to having him join us and prepare for the matches ahead at the Gabba and the MCG where the conditions should suit him.”


As entertaining and eventful the Big Bash league has been this season, a lot of top players have been nursing injuries. Brisbane Heat’s power hitter Chris Lynn is also suffering from a sore shoulder even though his recent 49-ball 98 didn’t make it seem so.