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The Big Bash League squads for the 2018-19 season have been confirmed.
BBL squads consist of 18 players, two of which can be overseas-based players. While each club has to meet the December 8 deadline, they can call up extra players throughout the season in the event of injuries or the loss of squad members for other reasons, such as international selection.
The eight Big Bash teams that contest the competition are the Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Michael Cormack, David Grant, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Nick Winter
The reigning Big Bash champions have named another strong line-up for BBL|08, with Travis Head, Jake Lehmann and Billy Stanlake set to star for the South Australians. Peter Siddle will be a potentially handy option with the ball, provided he’s not tied up with Australian duty.
Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson
Brendon McCullum will go around once more as the Brisbane Heat captain, leading a squad that looks absolutely stacked in the batting order. Big hitter Chris Lynn is always a threat in the game’s shorter formats, while Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw are top shelf batsmen too.
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c), Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey (c), Johan Botha, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers
Last year’s runners-up will look to go one better in 2018-19, with skipper George Bailey taking charge of a talent-laden side. D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, James Faulkner and Matthew Wade headline the rest of the team, while English import Jofra Archer is sure to make for interesting viewing.
Current Test captain Tim Paine is a big name, but he’s very unlikely to actually don the purple in BBL|08.
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Harry Gurney (England)*, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kane Richardson, Usman Khan Shinwari (Pakistan)*, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth
* – Gurney will replace Shinwari midway through the season.
Pundits aren’t too hot on the BBL’s perennial strugglers, especially given a number of their biggest names in Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain could all be called up for Test duty for most of the 2018 season.
Much of the Renegades’ hopes will rest on former Test cricketer Joe Mennie, as well as fellow veterans Cameron White and Jon Holland.
Melbourne Stars squad
Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Matt Parkinson (England)*, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
* – Parkinson will replace Lamichhane midway through the season.
The Stars will be hell-bent on rebounding from last year’s last-place finish, and they’ve got a couple of big names ready to help them recover. Damaging all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is an extremely handy addition to the side and, between he and Glenn Maxwell, is sure to create plenty of fireworks.
Jackson Bird, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa’s work with the ball will also be crucial for the MCG-hosted side.
Perth Scorchers squad
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft*, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir (Pakistan), Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (England)
* – Bancroft will only be available from late December when his suspension concludes.
Perth are perennial contenders and, once again, they’re fielding a very competitive squad. Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Michael Klinger and Andrew Tye have all proved themselves as genuine BBL superstars, while the return of Cameron Bancroft from suspension will boost what is already a strong side even further.
Fans of the Test team will no doubt rather see the Marsh brothers in orange as opposed to their Test whites.
Sydney Sixers squad
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Juston Avendano, Tom Curran (England), Joe Denly (England), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Dan Fallins, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton, Greg West
Moises Henriques returns to captain the Sydney Sixers for another year, with familiar faces Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Stephen O’Keefe and Jordan Silk all set to take to the SCG for another year.
All eyes will be on young prodigy Lloyd Pope, however, with the future superstar bowler set to make his BBL debut in 2018.
Sydney Thunder squad
Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (England) Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich (New Zealand) Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Chris Jordan (England), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Sam Rainbird, Joe Root (England), Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha
There are a number of big names in the Thunder lineup this season, with Shane Watson and Joe Root set to become the unlikeliest of teammates.
Usman Khawaja will be a handy addition when he’s available, while new addition Sam Rainbird will be keen to make an impact in BBL|08.