Denly completes two-weeks mandatory hotel quarantine tonight in Perth and will be whisked to Brisbane on a morning flight in order to link with his new Brisbane teammates ahead of the Hobart match.
The Heat won their first match of BBL|10 on Sunday night with a four-wicket victory over the Hurricanes at the Gabba and will go head-to-head again at the same venue tomorrow night, with the difference being that the game will classed as a Hobart ‘home’ match.
Brisbane has named a 17-man squad, with teenage off-spinner Jack Sinfield also coming into the line-up as an injury replacement for Morne Morkel who is currently completing two-weeks isolation as he builds towards his return from an ankle operation earlier in the year.
Morkel, who lives in the northern beaches region of Sydney and qualifies as a local player, has been in two weeks quarantine in northern NSW to comply with COVID-19 lockdown requirements following the outbreak in Sydney ,and will finish that period on New Year’s Day this Friday when he rejoins the Heat.
The South African international will step up his preparations to play as soon as he is cleared by Heat medical staff to be available for selection.
Sinfield was originally included in the Heat squad as a replacement player for Lewis Gregory and dropped out once the English allrounder became eligible to play.
The BBL Technical Committee approved Sinfield’s inclusion as a replacement for Morkel this week.
Heat coach Darren Lehmann said bringing Denly and Sinfield into the squad was a positive step.
“It will be beneficial for Joe to be in and around the boys on a match day and he will get a chance to experience the build-up to the game. Likewise, Jack is learning every moment he is here, and this gives him more opportunities to work alongside Mujeeb and Matt Kuhnemann ahead of a match.”
“Morne will keen to get up and going once he rejoins us in the Hub so we will get working with him and map out the best way forward for him to resume playing.”
Lehmann said the final squad of 13 would be determined once the team had inspected the pitch, which will be a newly prepared wicket from the one that the Heat played the Adelaide Strikers and Hurricanes on.
KFC BIG BASH LEAGUE
Heat v Hurricanes, the Gabba
Tomorrow, 30 December | 6.15pm
19. Xavier Bartlett
7. James Bazley
17. Max Bryant
26. Tom Cooper
16. Joe Denly
48. Lewis Gregory
5. Sam Heazlett
30. Matthew Kuhnemann
59. Jimmy Peirson (c)
8. Lachy Pfeffer
39. Simon Milenko
27. Jack Sinfield
6. Mark Steketee
42. Connor Sully
88. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
24. Jack Wildermuth
45. Jack Wood