2017-18 Big Bash League – Teams

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The Big Bash League is Australian cricket’s fast and furious domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, now preparing for its seventh season after the competition commenced in 2011. The 2017-18 Big Bash League season will be contested by eight teams, with each set to play an increased ten games.

The tournament begins late December and concludes with the final on Saturday, February 4 while the final round game is on Saturday, January 27.

The eight teams that contest the Big Bash League competition are: Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

Squads consist of 18 players and are currently being filled out. They need to be finalized by Friday, December 8.

Adelaide Strikers

The Strikers had a mediocre season, coming in sixth.

They lost some key players such as Kane Richardson and Ben Dunk, but made some noteworthy additions including Colin Ingram and Rashid Khan.

Adelaide Strikers squad
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Travis Head, Colin Ingram (SAf), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Rashid Khan (Afg), Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells.

Brisbane Heat
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The Brisbane Heat finished second in the league but were bounced in the semifinals.

They will be facing an uphill battle to start the season as Chris Lynn will be sidelined after shoulder surgery. The Heat did add exciting Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan and are expecting big things out of him.

Brisbane Heat squad
Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan (Pak), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (NZ), James Peirson, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson.

Hobart Hurricanes
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The Hurricanes put on a weak showing in the 2016-17 season, finishing seventh. It means they have missed the finals three seasons in a row.

They made some major changes for the upcoming season, including bringing in new coach Gary Kirsten and seeing the loss of Stuart Broad (England), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Shaun Tait (retired), and Jonathan Wells (Strikers).

Hobart Hurricanes squad
George Bailey (c), James Bazley, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Hamish Kingston, Tom Curran, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (Eng), Tim Paine, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Beau Webster

Melbourne Renegades
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The ‘little brother’ team to the Stars, the Melbourne Renegades haven’t had a lot of success so far and that continued last year. They finished in fifth, missing the finals for the fourth straight time. The men in red have only made the semi-finals once, way back in 2012-2013.

They’ve made nice additions in Kane Richardson and Jack Wildermuth to try to counteract the losses of Peter Siddle (Sixers) and James Pattinson (injury).

Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch(c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Trent Lawford, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Thisara Perera, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Nick Winter

Melbourne Stars
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Run by Eddie McGuire and known for signing big-name players, the Melbourne Stars are the glamour side in Melbourne. They have never missed the finals, but have been known to fall short, never winning the competition and crashing out in the semi-finals on five occasions, including last year.

They already have a full squad and landed a huge addition in Ben Dunk for the upcoming season.

Melbourne Stars squad
Ben Dunk, Jackson Coleman, Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings(c), Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa

Perth Scorchers
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The most successful club in the history of the Big Bash, the Scorchers have never missed the semi-finals, and only missed one final. After finishing as runners-up to the Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat in the first two seasons, they won two straight, then missed their first final in 2015-16.

They were back to their best last year though, winning the final against the Sixers.

Their squad remains stable – all that’s left is to see who the international imports will be.

Perth Scorchers squad
Adam Voges(c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman, David Willey

Sydney Sixers

The Sydney Sixers are perceived as the bigger club in Sydney, generally carrying a host of Australian international stars. It sometimes means they struggle for depth, but the club have made four finals for one victory, including going down in the final to the Perth Scorchers last year.

Their 2017/18 squad still has plenty of spots to fill.

Sydney Sixers squad
Moises Henriques(c), Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Harry Conway, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Michael Lumb, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Colin Munro, Steve O’Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, William Somerville, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton

Sydney Thunder

After winning three wooden spoons in a row during the first three editions of the Big Bash, the Sydney Thunder climbed their way off the bottom of the table in the fourth edition. That was before they turned things around in 2015-16, giving their long-suffering supporters something to cheer about by making the semi-finals. They then went on to cause a pair of upsets and win the tournament.

The men in lime green slumped back to claim a fourth wooden spoon last year though.

They lost Andre Russell for this season due to a rules violation, but did manage to bring in Mitchell McClenaghan.

Sydney Thunder squad
Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Usman Khawaja, Clint McKay, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson, Alister McDermott, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Ryan Gibson, Eoin Morgan, Kerrod White, Mitchell McClenaghan, Callum Ferguson, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton

Last updated: 6 December, 2017