On-the-mend jockey Kerrin McEvoy and newly fit Heat batsman Chris Lynn made sports headlines last week as their rapid recoveries sparked fans’ hopes.

Barring any future flare-ups, the comebacks of these two fan favourites bode well for some exciting action to come.

Sydney Racing Fans Look Forward to McEvoy’s Quick Return
As Sydney’s leading jockey, Kerrin McEvoy shows remarkable resilience as he continues to heal from a broken hand he suffered after tangling with temperamental mare Sugar Bella at Randwick on December 16. The talented, yet volatile four-year-old managed to crack the top jockey’s right-hand third metacarpal as McEvoy tried to restrain her at the barriers.

Surgeons inserted screws and a plate during an operation soon afterwards. Since his surgery, McEvoy has experienced a speedy recovery. Last week, the jockey’s medical team removed his cast, revealing some swelling and bruising, but a restored range of movement. According to an interview with McEvoy on Sky Sports Radio, his range of movement continues to improve daily. He looks forward to a quick return to the track–in only a “few weeks” if his recovery continues at the same rate.

Meanwhile, Sugar Bella seems to have learned her lesson. Though her scratch from the 16 December race dashed her owners’ hopes for qualification in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares race, she redeemed herself on 30 December at the ATC Owners Benefit Card Sprint, winning the 1200-metre race after perfect behaviour at the barriers before the race began.

Chris Lynn Thrills Heat Backers with Record-Breaking Big Bash Comeback
After playing only a few Big Bash League matches since his recovery from shoulder surgery, the star Heat batsman smashed records as he inspired his team to victory in their 5 January win over the Perth Scorchers. During the match, Lynn became the first batsman in the Big Bash to hit 10 sixes, hitting two and five fours in this innings alone for a total of 39 from only 20 balls.

Just a few days earlier, Lynn led the Heat to victory over the Melbourne Stars with 63 from 46 balls on 2 January, earning him a place on Australia’s ODI squad to play in the Gillette ODI Series. Missing from the ODI roster, however, was all-rounder Glen Maxwell, who has played inconsistently over the past year, and has not impressed national selectors.

These selectors—as well as cricket fans nationwide—will be looking forward to the energy and talent Lynn can bring to the national team.

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