It’s been a big week for Big Bash 9 news this week just gone by. Here are the four big announcements, with all four pieces of Big Bash 9 news threatening to have a big impact on this year’s edition.
Big Bash 9 News from early November
Maxwell may miss the tournament for Stars
This was arguably the biggest story in cricket full stop last week. Glenn Maxwell, the 2015 World Cup winner with Australia, told the Australia team management that he was taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues. The announcement came before the 3rd T20 against Sri Lanka and just days after a typical Maxwell knock of 62 off 28 balls, featuring six fours and three sixes.
He didn’t specify what exactly those issues were or how long he might be out for and the most important thing of all is that he recovers and comes back when he’s good and ready. He was praised by everyone for being so honest and open about his issues but the Melbourne Stars will be hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
As their skipper and most explosive batsman, not to mention best fielder and handy bowler, he’s very much the key cog for them and it would be a big loss should he miss some, most or all of the tournament.
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Pat Brown to come in for Steyn
In other Big Bash 9 news, the Stars’ management haven’t wasted any time in sorting out problems that have nothing to do with Maxwell. Having signed Dale Steyn for the first six matches only, they’ve moved to make sure that there isn’t a huge hole created in the overseas fast bowler department once the Proteas ODI star exits the competition.
Pat Brown, currently on England duty over in New Zealand in a T20 series, has been excellent for Worcestershire over the past two seasons in the T20 Blast and is fast becoming one of the great game’s great exponents of the slower ball in the death overs.
He won’t have played much in Australia so it will be a big test or him, specially giving who he’s replacing. He’ll be available for the last eight games of the regular season plus any additional ones, should the Stars make the play-offs.
Andrew Tye tied up with elbow injury recovery
Over the years the Perth Scorcher’s big strategy was to have an army of fast bowlers capable of exploiting the super-fast wicket at the WACA. The second part of that plan was spoilt by their move to the Optus Stadium, a far bigger and more modern venue that’s a good move from a commercial point of view but maybe not so much from a cricketing one.
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And now the first part looks in jeopardy as well. First bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile jumped ship and joined the…Melbourne Stars, then Jason Behrendoff opted to have back surgery before the Big Bash rather than after it, meaning he too won’t be available for the Scorchers.
Now the Big Bash news affecting the Scorchers is even worse. Andrew Tye, the jewel of their fast bowling crown is out of the tournament as well. He needs surgery to fix an elbow issue and now the fast bowler, who has also played for the likes of Gloucestershire and the Kings XI Punjab, will need four months to recover, also ruling him out of the whole Big Bash.
It’s also bad news for Australia, who probably had him penciled in as an important member of their T20 World Cup squad.
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Shock Big Bash return for Warner?
It’s been years since David Warner played a game in the Big Bash but after knocks of 100 not out, 57 not out and 60 not out against Sri Lanka in the recent T20 series, there may be a Big Bash side tempted to bring him in for the second part of the competition once he’s no longer on Test match duty.
He’s played for the Sydney Thunder in the past and he’s exactly the sort of player the team is crying out for, as any other team would be as well, such is Warner’s quality. It’s unlikely he’ll make an appearance but you never know.