Kieron Pollard, who was part of the Adelaide Strikers team, has been ruled out of the inaugural edition of the Big Bash League due to a hamstring injury.
Pollard injured his right hamstring while fielding on Thursday and scans revealed a grade two strain. Alfonso Thomas is likely to take his place in the playing XI.
Adelaide coach Darren Berry was confident his side could still mount a strong challenge in the Big Bash despite the loss of Pollard.
“Our plan was always to rotate the international players, and now with our additional signing, it means Alfonso Thomas is able to slot straight into the team,” Berry said.
“We are obviously disappointed to lose Polly and his firepower in our middle order, but we won last year’s T20 competition and have proven we can win without him.
“The arrival of Johan Botha from South Africa is great news for us, and we regard him as one of the finest T20 players in the world.”
The Adelaide Strikers play their first game on December 18 against Melbourne Renegades.