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BBL newsfile: Is five overs enough for a T20 result?

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19 Jan 2020, 16:42 GMT+10

9:20 PM ET

As the BBL group stage enters the final weeks of the race for the knockouts this page will keep you updated with all the snippets of news from the tournament

January 19

Is five overs enough for a T20 result?

Despite being on the right side of the rain-affected result on Saturday, the Sydney Thunder captain Callum Ferguson has questioned whether five overs should be enough to constitute a match in T20.

The Thunder were ahead of the DLS when rain arrived for the final time against local rivals Sydney Sixers, giving them a vital win as they push for the Big Bash finals.

Earlier in the competition they were denied a victory in Canberra when smoke stopped play against the Adelaide Strikers four balls before the five-over mark had been reached.

"You'd love to be able to stretch the game out longer wouldn't you, and not have to worry about cut-off times and whatnot," Ferguson told reporters. "But there's got to be an end at some point, doesn't there. It's like Test cricket, the never-ending Tests aren't around anymore either.

"It's frustrating. I'm not sure exactly what the answer is. You've just got to make sure that Duckworth-Lewis is as fair as possible and from there at least we got a result. But again, I just wonder whether five overs is enough time to really give you a genuine result. Maybe that's something we could look at, whether it needs to be 10 [overs]. I don't know the answer."

The Sixers captain Moises Henriques reiterated the view that the much-needed rain was more important than the result of a cricket match, but did question whether conditions at the Showground Stadium had been fair after his team were skittled for 76 with the ball zipping around on a damp surface.

"Rather than trying to get the maximum amount of overs played in a game...a more even contest is trying to get both teams batting in the same conditions rather than we go out to bat straight after the covers have been sitting on the wicket for four hours," Henriques said. "I'm not even sure if they rolled the wicket before we batted on it. Then it's aired for an hour-and-a-half plus the 20 minutes in the changeover and they [Thunder] get to bat on a rolled wicket.

"But with nights like this you can't predict when the rain comes as well, so that's going to make it difficult one, because at the same time they are trying to get as much cricket in for the fans and people watching."

January 17

Lyon named in Sydney Sixers squad

Nathan Lyon is closing in on a return from the finger injury he suffered in the final Test against New Zealand having been named in the Sydney Sixers' squad for the local derby against the Sydney Thunder at Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday.

Lyon split his thumb dropping a return catch at the SCG which delayed his entry into this season's BBL having been overlooked for Australia's one-day tour of India.

A decision will be taken closer to the start of the match against the Thunder as to whether Lyon is able to make the final XI.

The Sixers, who are currently second, are set to get a major boost to their line-up for the closing stages of qualifying and then the knockouts with Steven Smith and Josh Hazlewood due to be available following the ODI tour of India.

I'm really looking forward to getting back out there for the Sixers," Lyon said. "Whether that's Saturday or Monday or whenever, I want to make a contribution as we head towards the finals. We get [Steve] Smith and [Josh] Hazlewood back soon too, so it's a pretty exciting team to be around."

Stars lose Haris Rauf

The Melbourne Stars will assess their options following Haris Rauf's call-up to the Pakistan T20I squad and will see whether there is a window for him to return after three-match series.

Rauf will fly out of Australia on Friday so won't be available for Saturday's match against the Perth Scorchers at the MCG.

The final T20I against Bangladesh takes place on January 29 which means Rauf could be available for the latter stages of the knockouts. With the Stars currently well ahead at the top of the table they are all-but certain to be playing in the Qualifier on January 31. Winning that match would put them straight into the final on February 8, but they would get a second chance - on February 6 in the Challenger - if they lose.

A Stars statement said: "The club is currently working through timelines around any potential return for Rauf following the series and will announce any updates to their international roster in due course."

They will also be without left-arm quick Jackson Coleman, who was Player of the Match against the Scorchers in Perth, for the return fixture at the MCG after he suffered right oblique muscle tightness.

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