The Hobart Hurricanes have suffered a major blow three weeks out from their seventh Big Bash campaign, with paceman David Moody falling casualty to stress fractures in his back.
The 22-year-old will miss the entirety of the Big Bash, weakening a bowling attack which was already missing last year’s strike force of Stuart Broad and Shaun Tait.
Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins said the injury came as a tough break for both Moody and the Hurricanes.
“We’re really disappointed for David,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.
“He’s a talented player who we hoped would really contribute to our squad this year.
“It’s a shame we won’t have him for BBL07, but the most important thing for him is to ensure his recovery goes well and he can get back to cricket sooner rather than later.”
The Hurricanes will also likely be without incumbent Test wicketkeeper Tim Paine for a majority of the tournament, with former Test keeper Matthew Wade announced as a late signing last week.
Hobart plays its first game on December 21.