Sydney Thunder are set to name a debutant wicket keeper for their KFC Big Bash League game against the Perth Scorchers on Thursday (9:40pm AEDT start).
Jay Lenton has been ruled out of Thunder’s first BBL game at Optus Stadium, suffering an injury during Sydney Thunder’s 12-run loss to the Melbourne Renegades at Spotless Stadium last night.
The 28-year old has played Thunder’s last three fixtures since Jos Buttler departed for England duty, taking three dismissals and making 27* and 20*.
“Jay injured his finger wicket keeping early in the Renegades innings,” said Sydney Thunder Physiotherapist Murray Ryan.
“Although he was able to complete the game, X-rays afterwards have revealed a fracture. He will be assessed by a specialist in Sydney today to determine further management and timeline to return to play.”
Thunder has included two possible replacements with Matt Gilkes and 19-year old Baxter Holt both named in the 13-player squad. Holt joins the squad as a Local Replacement Player for Kurtis Patterson who has been selected in Australia's Test squad to face Sri Lanka at The Gabba.
Gilkes has been training with the squad since the start of the tournament and is one of the leading run scorers in NSW Premier Cricket for UNSW, while 19-year old Baxter Holt recently returned from Australia Under 19’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Nathan McAndrew has also been named in the squad, while Arjun Nair and Jono Cook miss out. McAndrew has played three games so far this season.
Sydney Thunder’s 13-player squad to face the Perth Scorchers:
Shane Watson (c)