Doug Bollinger of the Sixers celebrates taking the wicket of Andre Russell (left) of the Thunder during their Big Bash League clash.
Doug Bollinger of the Sixers celebrates taking the wicket of Andre Russell (left) of the Thunder during their Big Bash League clash. PAUL MILLER

Andre Russell cleared to use black bat

ANDRE Russell is free to use his black cricket bat after Cricket Australia cleared the West Indian to use it following modifications from the bat manufacturer.

Cricket Australia originally cleared Russell to use the bat but was forced to temporarily ban it following the Sydney Thunder's first match of the season against cross-town rivals the Sixers, after discussions with match officials revealed the bat had left black marks on the ball.

"Following feedback from the match officials that the bat used by Andre in the opening night of the season left black marks on the match ball, Andre has worked with his bat manufacturer to modify the bat,” said Big Bash boss Anthony Everard.

"A clear laminate cover has been applied to the bat, which complies with regulations to ensure the ball discolouration does not occur again.

"We're now satisfied that the bat will not compromise the integrity of the game by discolouring the match ball and we have granted approval for Andre to use the bat in any future BBL matches.”

After two losses to start their Big Bash defence, the Thunder will be desperate to beat the Brisbane Heat when the two sides clash on Wednesday night at Spotless Stadium.

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