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BBL return worth the wait for Buchanan

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Laine Clark

In the five years injury-plagued Brisbane Heat allrounder Nick Buchanan was sidelined, Australia had four Prime Ministers.

"He's had everything from flat feet to dandruff," ex-Test cricketer Andrew Symonds said of Buchanan's horror injury run.

Now the son of ex-Australian coach John has emerged as a vital cog for Brisbane after playing his first Big Bash League game in 1,841 days.

Buchanan, 25, took 1-29 and thrashed a last ball six to be eight not out with the bat in the Heat's three wicket Gabba loss to Sydney Sixers on Tuesday night, snapping their three game winning run.

Buchanan may not have been previously sighted in the BBL since December 20 2011 but he is now expected to be a Heat regular to cover injury concerns Chris Lynn and Samuel Badree.

Brisbane are sweating on Lynn's troublesome left shoulder complaint which he aggravated in the field against the Sixers.

Badree (hamstring) has already been ruled out for Thursday night's away BBL clash with leaders Perth Scorchers.

Much was expected of Buchanan when he made his BBL debut - coincidentally against the Sixers - back in late 2011, even described by ex-Test opener Matthew Hayden as an "Aussie Andrew Flintoff".

However, an unprecedented string of injuries have frustrated Buchanan since.

He has had hip, groin and ankle surgery and overcome back and shoulder stress fractures.

Heat No.5 Joe Burns - who hit 51 not out against the Sixers - said Buchanan had been welcomed back with open arms.

"It was great to see him out there playing," Burns said.

"We are real excited to have him back on the park.

"It is just reward for all his hard work over the years.

"It is a very lonely place the rehab room and I think he has spent more time there than most."

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