After a lengthy injury layoff, Sixers' paceman Joe Mennie has been named in South Australia's squad for the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania starting Thursday.
The fast bowler will this week return to first-class cricket for South Australia after recovering from being struck by a ball in January while training in Brisbane ahead of the Big Bash League semi final against the heat.
He made his competitive return to cricket for Adelaide University last weekend, taking 2-15 off 10 overs against Northern Districts.
"I was just bowling in the nets and unfortunately a ball got hit back at me and I couldn't get the hands up in time," Mennie said on Tuesday of the injury he suffered during BBL|06.
"In the past I have had it come back and just managed to evade it at the last second or get some hands on it, but unfortunately not that time and I copped it in the side of the face."
Mennie suffered a skull fracture and minor bleeding on the brain, with medicos opting for a conservative approach for the paceman's return to cricket.
"It's all fully clear now," said Mennie.
"Speaking to specialist, he says there's no issues long term either.
"The whole time I have felt fine, I have been able to function normally.
"I'm just really keen to get back and play some cricket."