Quenbeyan's Mark Higgs has made a return to local cricket after retiring after last season. Photo: Colleen Petch
Queanbeyan star Mark Higgs is preparing to make a surprise comeback with the ACT Comets that could see the veteran picked up for the Big Bash League this year.
The Comets will finalise their team on Wednesday for their clash with a Victorian second XI in Melbourne next week.
After retiring at the end of last season, Higgs is now in line to be called into the Comets squad because a number of players are under injury clouds.
Opening bowler and Wests-UC captain Ben Oakley is also a chance of being added to the squad as cover for Greg West, who has a torn pectoral muscle.
If recalled, Higgs and Oakley could get a chance to impress Big Bash selectors. Oakley was on the verge of joining the Adelaide Strikers last season before injury ended the left-armer's hopes of playing in the Twenty20 tournament.
It is understood Higgs has attracted interest from some franchises keen to add the all-rounder to their roster.
But Cricket ACT high-performance director Andrew Dawson will wait until the Comets' injury report is finalised before deciding if Higgs and Oakley are required.
Dawson is confident that Higgs would slot straight back into the Comets line-up, despite having played only three games this season.
''Higgsy looks after himself, he knows how to cope with aches and pains and has the skills to re-adjust to this level,'' Dawson said.
''He's proven that and if he is to come back and play he'll be fine, but we'll just wait to see what happens with our medical reports.
''There are quite a few of our guys who are in contention with the Big Bash - Ben Oakley, Jono Dean and Blake Dean, just to name a few.''
The Comets will play three warm-up matches against the Melbourne Renegades before the Big Bash begins.
It will be a chance for the Comets to impress coach Simon Helmot and test themselves against Muthiah Muralidaran, Aaron Finch and Nathan Rimmington.
Higgs ended his brief retirement to play for Queanbeyan in an SCG Cup match two weeks ago. Despite forgetting how long his run up was, he took three wickets and was coaxed into playing for the Bluebags in the two-day competition as well.