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BBL 2019-20 Smith, Hazlewood, Lyon in line to strengthen the Sydney Sixers

Hazlewood and Smith are in India for the three-match ODI series.

Sydney Sixers
Nathan Lyon. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Sydney Sixers are set to get some international injections for the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). Placed second in the points table after the Melbourne Stars, the Sixers are chasing their first title since the 2011-12 season. Their campaign is likely to get a massive boost as the likes of Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon are in line to bolster their lineup.

The Sixers may get Lyon’s services in the game against the Sydney Thunder at the Showground Stadium in the second of Saturday’s doubleheader. Smith and Hazlewood are likely to join in the Sixers’ clash versus the Brisbane Heat on January 23 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

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Both Hazlewood and Smith are currently in India for the three-match ODI series, which is scheduled to end on January 19. The Sixers are desperately waiting for the duo to join the franchise and boost their lineup. The Sixers are also in anticipation of them locking horns with Heat and AB de Villiers.

The Sixers yet to get confirmation

“I think it’d be great if Cricket Australia would pay attention – of course they pay attention to their players – but take that into consideration,” Greg Shipperd, the Sixers’ coach, was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

“We’re wanting them back out of India as soon as possible. Nothing’s been confirmed there but we’d like to have Steve and Josh available. They’ll be available. What a win for T20 cricket, the competition. The best couple up against de Villiers and co, that would be a great game if they could all be available,” the coach added.

Hazlewood, of late, made his BBL comeback after six seasons. The speedster played a couple of matches against Adelaide Strikers, but could only manage a wicket each in the games. He was economical though as he gave away only 37 runs in the eight overs he bowled.

As far as the Sixers are concerned, for the time being, they have 13 points from 10 matches. Moises Henriques and Co are one of the favourites to progress to the next round. They started with a couple of hefty losses, but have put together victories. Their last match against Hobart Hurricanes was called off.

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