Sydney Sixers all-rounder Tom Curran will be unavailable for the remaining season of the BBL 2021-22 owing to a back injury and will be returning to his hometown.
Alongside Curran, off spinner, Ben Manenti has been ruled out of the entire season with a neck injury. Left-arm spinner Steve’O Keefe also going to miss out on the Adelaide Strikers game with a calf strain. Amidst the injury concerns, Sixers skipper Moises Henriques insists his side’s momentum won’t be halted as they prepare for a critical three-game stretch in Sydney.
“We pride ourselves on being a club and a team that embraces challenges but to lose players of the caliber 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,” captain Moises 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.”
Henriques advised his team to stay calm and said there is no need to go into panic mode with some of the core members returning to the squad to replace the injured members.
“We 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,” he pointed out.
“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, so it will be a great little period for those guys to have a run of games.”
Sydney Sixers won their third match of the BBL 2021-22 on Wednesday when they defeated Melbourne Stars. The Sixers will now lock horns with Adelaide Strikers on December 21.