Joe Mennie and Ryan Duffield will replace injured pair Mitchell Johnson and Mark Cameron in the Perth Scorchers' squad.
Joe Mennie and Ryan Duffield will replace injured pair Mitchell Johnson and Mark Cameron in the Perth Scorchers' squad for the upcoming KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League.
The Big Bash League Technical Committee approved a request from the Scorchers to make the changes after Johnson (toe) and Cameron (spinal stress fracture) were ruled out for the entire competition.
Mennie, a former futures league player for New South Wales, has been impressive for his new state South Australia over the last week, claiming a career-best 7-96 against the Warriors on Wednesday during the Bupa Sheffield Shield contest between the sides.
Having seen him at close quarters, Scorchers coach Lachlan Stevens was happy to offer him a position with the new T20 side.
"Joe has been really impressive against the Warriors in a couple of Shield games," said Stevens in a Scorchers' media release.
"He bowls a heavy ball, has a fast, bustling-type action, and he can bat as well, so he is a really handy addition."
"He has made every post a winner since moving from Sydney to Adelaide, and we hope he gets the opportunity to show off the talent that we have seen him express for South Australia in recent weeks."
Promising Warriors fast bowler Duffield, meanwhile, has had a difficult start to the summer after suffering hamstring and side issues of his own.
But Stevens is hopeful he can soon recover the form that saw him claim 33 Shield wickets last season and 10 one-day scalps.
"We are excited to be signing Ryan," Stevens said.
"He unfortunately didn’t squeeze into our original 18 but an opportunity has opened up for him and we are really pleased to have him on board. Hopefully he can do the hard work required to sneak into our final XI."
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First Posted 10 December, 2011 7:14PM AEST