Higgs gets late Big Bash call
Mark Higgs has secured a Big Bash contract. Photo: Colleen Petch
The renaissance of Australian cricket continues - Canberra Comets coach Mark Higgs is the latest retired tweaker to throw his spinning fingers into the Big Bash League ring.
With the call-up of Hobart Hurricanes captain George Bailey and Xavier Doherty to the Australian one-day squad, Higgs will join the Hurricanes squad as cover and might play against Brisbane Heat in Hobart on Saturday night.
A Hurricanes victory would put Higgs in a finals campaign.
The Canberra Times believes Higgs trained with his new teammates at the weekend before he joined up with the ACT under-19 cricket team at the nationals in Adelaide.
Those teammates include the former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, former Kiwi international Scott Styris and Doug Bollinger.
Higgs narrowly missed out on a spot with the Adelaide Strikers, losing out to fellow veteran Brad Young.
The pair played together with the South Australian Redbacks and renewed their battle for a spot in the Strikers team.
Young's experience has allowed him to not only take wickets, but tie up an end in his four games for the Strikers.
While Higgs missed out in Adelaide, he's back in the picture with the Hurricanes.
His spinning fingers weren't the only things he'll bring to the table - he's also a handy hitter.
The 36-year-old was one of a number of spinners whose careers have been resurrected by the Twenty20 circus.
Shane Warne, the best leg-spinner of all time, travels the world playing the shortest form of the game since his retirement and made the headlines for the wrong reasons after his confrontation with Marlon Samuels on Sunday night.
He received a one-match ban and a $4500 fine for his part in proceedings.
Warne's greatest spinning rival Muttiah Muralitharan was also playing in the BBL, while Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill have also played in Australia's T20 comp since retiring from international duties.
Most pundits thought spinners would be slogged out of the T20 game, but they've become an integral part instead.