The Sixers have options in Ben Manenti, Jack and Mickey Edwards, Henry Thornton or even Greg West as they try to bounce back from their 94-run drubbing against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday.
It’s great news with him re-signing, he had a great year for us.
Sixers captain Moises Henriques
Curran’s re-signing is significant given the impact he had on the men in magenta with the bat and often in the death overs with the ball.
The 23-year-old’s deal is long compared to other BBL contracts, but will be pro rata and factor in how many games he will available to play based on his international commitments each summer.
“Having him there, we weren’t expecting him to contribute with the bat like he did,” captain Moises Henriques said.
“[Consequently] we’ve had the luxury of going in with probably one too many bowlers into a lot of games, which is a nice luxury to have.
“The experience he has bowling at the death and under pressure will be the main thing we need to try and cover.
“It’s great news with him re-signing, he had a great year for us. He was fantastic with the ball, chipped in beautifully with the bat, and he’s only a young man, so I can only see him going from strength to strength, as long as he keeps believing in himself and playing the way he wants.”
While Starc and Hazlewood remain on ice, the Sixers retain the services of Test tweaker Nathan Lyon, who was great for three overs against the Stars before Glenn Maxwell got in a mood.
Hobart host the Stars on Thursday while the Sixers travel to Marvel Stadium, the makeshift cricket venue where they have already rolled the Renegades this season.
Should Hobart lose and the Sixers win, they will host the final on Sunday at the SCG.
Sixers coach Greg Shipperd said the eight-day turnaround between matches and having a tail who had not been required to bat for several games did not help their cause at the MCG.
“We’ve wanted our highs and lows to be close, but that was an extreme event on Sunday,” Shipperd said.
“It was unfortunate for the tail because from [No. 5] Jordan Silk down a lot of our guys haven’t had a hit for five or six games. That’s long-term memory for some cricketers.”
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.