Russell's black bat cleared for use

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Sydney Thunder all-rounder Andre Russell can resume using his black bat after slight modifications.

Russell's bat was banned after the opening game of the Big Bash League (BBL) season, with the Thunder suffering a nine-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers.

Players are permitted to use coloured bats in the BBL, subject to Cricket Australia's approval.

While Russell's bat was initially banned, modifications led to that being reversed on Tuesday.

"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," head of BBL Anthony Everard said.

"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."

The Thunder have lost their opening two games of the season and face the Brisbane Heat in Sydney on Wednesday.