Billy back from big toe set­back

The Observer - - SPORT CRICKET -

BILLY Stan­lake has bat­tled stress frac­tures in his back, pelvis and feet but a pesky big toe has proved to be his most frus­trat­ing chal­lenge.

The tow­er­ing 204cm Queens­lan­der put him­self in the record books last sum­mer when he be­came the tallest man to play for Aus­tralia.

“I had an open wound on the top of the big toe from bowl­ing and it kept get­ting worse. It was pretty nasty. I couldn’t walk on it. I ended up hav­ing surgery in early Septem­ber. They had to cut it open and clean out the in­fec­tion,” he re­called.

Stan­lake has fi­nally been cleared to make his re­turn to the field and will fea­ture for the Ade­laide Strik­ers in the up­com­ing Big Bash League.

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