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Higgs hopes for another spin with the Strikers

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Jon Tuxworth

Mark Higgs will train with Adelaide next week as he vies to win a Big Bash League contract.

Mark Higgs will train with Adelaide next week as he vies to win a Big Bash League contract. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

ACT Comets skipper Mark Higgs rates himself a ''better than 50-50'' chance of earning a Big Bash League contract after being invited to train with the Adelaide Strikers next week.

Having retired from all forms of the game at the end of last summer, Higgs is on the verge of completing a dream comeback with the Strikers.

The 36-year-old did his chances no harm with a five-wicket haul in Adelaide's trial game with an English Academy XI a few weeks ago.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, rated by many the world's best Twenty20 bowler, will only be available for the Strikers' first one or two matches, as will Australia spinner Nathan Lyon. Adelaide is eyeing Higgs to fill its off-spinning void, with Queensland leg-spinner Cameron Boyce also in its sights.

Higgs's retirement lasted just six weeks before he received a call from South Australia's cricket director Jamie Cox urging him to play again.

''It's a good opportunity over there, they're looking for a left-arm orthodox and they gave me a call a few weeks ago to see if I can play some cricket for them,'' Higgs said on Wednesday.

''The Strikers are in training camp as of Sunday, so I'm going over there to join them at that and if things go well I'll get signed up mid-week and go from there.

''I like to think it's better than 50-50, it's just a case of going over there and showing I can still play the game, I guess.''

A spin-bowling spot at the Strikers became available when Victorian Jon Holland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last month.

Comets batsman Jono Dean and seamer Ben Oakley also have a chance to graduate to the Big Bash League after attracting unofficial interest from Melbourne Renegades.

The Comets play the Renegades in three matches in Melbourne next Monday and Tuesday, giving the pair an ideal chance to impress.

Tuggeranong spinner Shane Devoy will replace Higgs in the Comets' line-up to play the Renegades, with Queanbeyan all-rounder Vele Dukoski to make his debut.

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