Dale Steyn will make his long-awaited KFC BBL debut after the South African was named to the Melbourne Stars squad for the duel with the Adelaide Strikers on Friday evening.
Sensational Pakistani pace Haris Rauf must be ready for Steyn’s return after recovering from an ankle strain he suffered from an injury to the South African T20 team.
Rauf, who sparked the last minute BBL story with the Tasmanian premier cricket club Glenorchy, was dropped despite wearing the BKT’s golden cap as the competition’s leading wicket-taker.
In his two games to replace Steyn, Rauf took seven gates, including a five against the Hobart Hurricanes in Moe, and only received 5.87 runs per over.
The stars also welcome back Australian World Cup star Nathan Coulter-Nile, who also missed the first two games with an ankle injury that he sustained in training before the season opener.
The Adelaide Strikers also have an international caliber bowler that returns to their roster. Peter Siddle was released from the Australian test squad to return to the BBL.
Siddle was named to the Australian test squad after Josh Hazlewood was excluded from the Boxing Day Domain Test. He suffered a thigh injury in Perth but was an unused 13th man.
Siddle replaces Liam O’Connor in Adelaide’s 13-member squad, but Michael Neser, another unused member of the test squad, remains with the Melbourne national team, as does test vice-captain Travis Head.