Khawaja, Labuschagne, and Carey are all available for BBL Games

Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, and Alex Carey can play in their club’s next BBL games during the short break between the Pakistan and West Indies Test series. However, Travis Head, who won the ODI World Cup final, has been spared.

Khawaja and Labuschagne will both play for the unbeaten Brisbane Heat against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on Wednesday. Carey will play for the Adelaide Strikers against the Hobart Hurricanes the day before.

Steven Smith is also expected to feature for Sydney Sixers against Sydney Thunder on Friday with David Warner planning to helicopter to the game after his brother’s wedding.

Availability of Khawaja and Labuschagne

The availability of Khawaja and Labuschagne, who played in the first game of the season against the Melbourne Stars, will make it hard for the Heat to decide who to pick. So far this season, the Heat have been the best team, winning six of their eight games and ensuring at least a top-three finish in the regular season.

The last two games they have are against the defending champions, the Scorchers. The winner of those games will certainly host the Qualifier final on January 19.

Heat coach Wade Seccombe

“It will be good for the group to have Usman and Marnus back around the team, especially as we get into the business end of the competition,” according to Heat head coach Wade Seccombe.

Carey’s return is a boost for the struggling Strikers who are currently sixth with just two wins and will likely need to win their remaining three games to stand a chance of progressing.

A Strikers statement added: “In consultation with Cricket Australia medical staff, Travis Head will not be available for Big Bash selection during the break between international Test series”

Marquee Supplementary Players

So they can help promote the game, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc signed as marquee supplementary players with the Thunder and Sixers this season. However, they have never been in line to play. Cameron Green doesn’t have a BBL deal because he chose not to sign one this season because of his busy schedule and his desire to focus on red-ball cricket.

Scott Boland (Stars) and Lance Morris (Scorchers) were both let go from the Test team to play in the BBL.

Melbourne Renegades’ next game is on Saturday, which is the same day that the Test group is supposed to meet in Adelaide for the first Test against West Indies starting on January 17. Nathan Lyon won’t be able to make his debut for the team that day.

Next season, Australia’s Test players will have a much bigger window to play in the BBL. The last Test of the home summer will be in Sydney against India in the first week of January. The ODI World Cup caused the start of this season to be pushed back.

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