Injury Troubles for Sydney Sixers continue as Tom Curran gets ruled out of BBL

Injury Troubles for Sydney Sixers continue as Tom Curran gets ruled out of BBL

Sydney Sixers fast bowler Tom Curran has been ruled out of the rest of the BBL 2021-22 after suffering a blow to his troublesome hotspot in the back and is set to return to the UK immediately for his rehabilitation. The defending champions will also miss key players like spinners Ben Manenti and Steve O’Keefe due to injuries.
 
Curran, who has taken six wickets in four matches this season, was expected to play a leading role in the Sixers’ pace attack alongside his English team-mate Chris Jordan. He was the team’s leading wicket-taker in the 2019-2020 title-winning campaign and contributed with the bat in the middle order before missing last season’s BBL because of the restrictions in travel and bio-bubble fatigue.
Plenty of Bad News for Sydney Sixers
Manenti, who suffered neck stress fractures, will remain unavailable as he continues to undergo treatment in Hobart, where he plays Premier Cricket, and Sydney. O’Keefe, who has seven wickets in his tally this BBL, is ruled out of action in the “short term” after straining his calf in Sixers’ seven-wicket win over Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Wednesday. Sixers said in an official statement that the veteran spinner will most likely not feature in their next home fixture against Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday, and “a return to play to be assessed in due course.”
Captain Henriques still optimistic about his team’s campaign
Despite losing three valuable players to injuries, captain Moises Henriques believes the team, who are the table-toppers currently, has a strong bench strength to overcome these obstacles in their quest to defend the title.
 
We pride ourselves on being a club and a team that embraces challenges but to lose players of the calibre of Tom and Ben, and to have SOK on the sidelines, would be a challenge for any team and those guys aren’t simply replaced,” Henriques said.
 
“On and off the field, all three of those guys play a massive role for us and their presence around the team and skills on the field will be missed by everybody in the group. But for us, we always look to have 18-match ready players in our squad, and we see it as an opportunity for others within our group.
 
“There are guys like Lloyd Pope and Mickey Edwards who really deserve an opportunity, but due to the strength of our list haven’t been able to get as many chances as they deserve,” Henriques said. “So, it will be a great little period for those guys to have a run of games.
 
“We also saw Ben Dwarshuis return from injury this week, Jackson Bird isn’t too far away, and Sean Abbott is back after the birth of his daughter, so there is no need to panic.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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