Scorchers hopeful of Richardson BBL return

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Connolly didn’t end up bowling, with skipper Ashton Turner (2-25) taking on the bulk of the spin duties.

“Once we got confirmation that Ash wasn’t going to be available for our final here on Saturday, we felt now was the opportunity for him to start his prep for the Test tour,” Voges said.

“We wouldn’t have done that without his blessing.

“I fully understand how important this upcoming tour of India is for him and him wanting to get the best possible preparation.”

Fellow spinner Peter Hatzoglou was a surprise omission against the Renegades, but he came in as the concussion sub after paceman Matt Kelly was struck in the face with the ball during a freak fielding mishap.

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Even if Kelly is able to recover in time for the start of the finals, he faces a fight to retain his place given the impending returns of Morris and Richardson.

The Scorchers’ ability to finish top of the ladder is all the more remarkable given they lost Mitch Marsh (ankle), Tymal Mills (personal reasons), Phil Salt (shoulder), Cameron Green, and Laurie Evans (positive doping result) for the entire tournament.

“Proud is a really good word,” Voges said of his team’s ability to overcome all the setbacks.

“To be honest, going in, I wasn’t entirely sure how we were going to go.

“But we’ve had guys step up, we’ve had guys contribute in different games.”

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