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#BBL08 chatter: Fringe Test players available

17 Dec 2018, 21:42 GMT+10

December 17

Perth Scorchers left-arm quick Joel Paris is to set to miss up to a month of the BBL after suffering a back injury. However, the Scorchers can still boast an enviable fast bowling attack with Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, David Willey and Jason Behrendorff among the best in T20 cricket

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Bancroft's smile getting 'broader and broader

December 16

Cameron Bancroft is tipped to make his return to professional cricket the day after his ban finishes when Perth Scorchers face Hobart Hurricances at Launceston on December 30.

Speaking during the Perth Test, WACA chief executive Christina Matthews spoke about Bancroft's frame of mind as he completes his community service.

"As each day in December passes he's smiling broader and broader," Matthews said. "And he's started doing a few more public appearances, so he was a guest at a breakfast this morning and he's happy to talk openly about it because he's learnt so much himself. He's probably had an easier road than the other two because he's been very set and we've been very set in how to go about it. So he hasn't chased other tournaments around the world. He's worked with the squad and to be fair he's had a contract so he's had obligations as well."

Boost for Scorchers, Strikers and Renegades

December 16

Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle and Chris Tremain who have been part of Australia's Test squad for the first two matches against India, have been made available for the opening fixtures of the BBL. Siddle will therefore be able to take part in the opening match of the tournament when Adelaide Strikers take on Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.

Marsh and Tremain will then go head-to-head when Perth Scorchers take on Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium. Although a vastly different format, Marsh is hoping that success in the BBL will help push his case for a Test return although he may already be closing in on a comeback after the struggles of Peter Handscomb.

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