Stanlake, Turner released for BBL

11 January 2019

Key players for two clubs make welcome returns to Big Bash action after Australia finalise their XI for opening ODI

The Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers have been given a boost with the release of Ashton Turner and Billy Stanlake to their respective clubs for this weekend's KFC BBL matches.

Turner was drafted into Australia's one-day squad as emergency cover for Mitchell Marsh after the allrounder was hospitalised for two days with gastritis.

Marsh was left out of Australia’s XI for tomorrow's opening match of the three-game Gillette ODI Series, but has recovered sufficiently for Turner to return to the Scorchers.

He will be available for the Scorchers for their Sunday clash with the Sydney Sixers at Optus Stadium, which is a timely boost for the bottom-placed club who welcome back their captain in the middle of a hot-streak of form.

Marsh will remain in Sydney with the ODI squad and will not play for the Scorchers.

Finch confirms Aussie XI, outlines plans

The Strikers are the beneficiaries of a fortuitous bit of BBL scheduling, with the club in Sydney to play the Sydney Thunder on Sunday, and will have Stanlake available.

They will not, however, have him for tonight's clash with the Melbourne Stars in Adelaide, but have welcomed back Test batsman Travis Head for that fixture.

Because there is no additional travel involved for Stanlake to make the Strikers' clash with the Thunder, the towering Queensland quick has been released to play.

"Stanlake has been made available for the match against Sydney Thunder on Sunday on the basis it is in his best interest and there is no additional travel required to do this, nor does it compromise his preparation if selected for the 2nd ODI," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

Stanlake will rejoin the ODI squad after the afternoon match and ahead of Australia's second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Adam Zampa, the fourth member of Australia's ODI squad that was not named in the playing XI for the first ODI, will remain in Sydney with the squad.

The Melbourne Stars are in Adelaide tonight and do not play again until Monday evening.

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