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The 2019-20 Big Bash League squads are starting to fill up as the teams complete their rosters ahead of the start of BBL09.
BBL squads consist of 18 players, two of which can be international players. However, in a new rule for the 2019-20 season, clubs can nominate four additional overseas-based players as potential replacements for the season. Each team can also 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.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Nick Winter
Coach: Jason Gillespie
There’s just been the one main change in Adelaide’s squad, South African batsman Colin Ingram departing and Cameron White coming over from the Renegades after their maiden championship. Travis Head is the skipper, although will likely miss at least the start of BBL09 due to Test commitments.
Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will return for his third season with the Strikers, and the side can still add an international player to their squad.
Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, AB de Villiers (South Africa), Sam Heazlett, Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, James Pattinson, James Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)
Coach: Darren Lehmann
The Brisbane Heat have landed the biggest Big Bash signing of the season, snaring AB de Villiers for BBL09. The South African superstar will be unavailable for the opening stages of the tournament, but will likely make his debut in early 2020.
It’s not the only change to the club, who’ll have both a new captain and a new coach following the retirement of Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori’s departure. Former Australia boss Darren Lehmann has replaced Vettori as the coach, while Chris Lynn takes over the captaincy.
In addition to de Villiers, Brisbane are well served in the international players department by Afghan spin pair Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Zahir Khan. Mujeeb made his Heat debut during BBL08, while 2019-20 will be Zahir’s first season in the Big Bash.
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey, James Faulkner, Jarrod Freeman, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Tom Rogers, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers
Coach: Adam Griffith
Although he’s under contract with the Hurricanes, Jofra Archer’s meteoric rise in the England ranks will likely make him unavailable for BBL09 due to their tour of South Africa, and Hobart could well look to bring in another international player as a result. Afghan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad is the only other overseas player currently in their squad.
The Canes have lost a raft of role players from last season with the likes of Jake Doran, Simon Milenko, Alex Doolan and Clive Rose all departing the club. Australian Test captain Tim Paine has also said he won’t be playing Big Bash this summer.
However, there’s still a raft of talent in Tasmania, with George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short and captain Matthew Wade all set for another season with the Hurricanes.
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Harry Gurney (England), Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth
Coach: Andrew McDonald
The Renegades have unsurprisingly stuck solid with most of the squad which guided them to their first-ever Big Bash title in 2019. Usman Khan Shinwari and Cameron White have both left, but Shaun Marsh made a shock switch to Melbourne from the Scorchers and is set to play a major role for his new club.
Aaron Finch is the side’s captain but will likely miss some of the season with international selection. Youngsters Sam Harper and Mackenzie Harvey are back after impressing last year, as is veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and English death bowler Harry Gurney.
Melbourne Stars squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Peter Handscomb, Clint Hinchliffe, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Dale Steyn (South Africa), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
Coach: David Hussey
There have been some major changes to the Stars following their heartbreaking late collapse and loss in the BBL08 final. The biggest move is capturing the services of legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn for the opening half of the season. Steyn will be available for the Stars’ first six games of the season before likely heading back home for the Proteas’ home white-ball series against England. However, if he is overlooked for selection, he will continue to play for the Melbourne club throughout the BBL.
In other team developments, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has left the club, while Hilton Cartwright and Nathan Coulter-Nile have signed from the Scorchers. Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has re-signed for the full season after impressing in his bit-part stint with the club last year.
Perth Scorchers squad
Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Nick Hobson, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Coach: Adam Voges
Perth have been hit by an exodus of established players, Shaun Marsh (Renegades), Michael Klinger (retirement), Nathan Coulter-Nile and Hilton Cartwright (both Stars) all leaving the club. Jason Behrendorff is also unlikely to play much of a part in the 2019-20 season after picking up a stress fracture to his back.
Fawad Ahmed has made his way over to the side from the Thunder and will add a much-needed wrist spinning option, and Kurtis Patterson has made the same move, but the Scorchers still have some players to add to their squad – they’re still yet to sign an international player.
Sydney Sixers squad
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jackson Bird, Tom Curran (England), Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Fallins, Daniel Hughes, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton, James Vince (England)
Coach: Greg Shippard
There’s been little fluctuation in the Sixers’ BBL squad, the Sydney side opting to keep most of the side together after a semi-final appearance last year. English signings James Vince and Tom Curran are both back for BBL09, and Jackson Bird has made his return to the club after a move to the Melbourne Stars.
While there’s an experienced core at the Sixers – captain Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Peter Nevill and Steve O’Keefe have all been around the side for many years – there’s also some promising young talent in the form of the Edwards brothers, Josh Philippe and Lloyd Pope.
Sydney Thunder squad
Callum Ferguson (c), Jonathan Cook, Oliver Davies, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Morris (South Africa), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Gurinder Sandhu
Coach: Shane Bond
A far cry from their cross-town rivals, the Sydney Thunder have had a number of significant changes to their squad for the 2019-20 season. Skipper Shane Watson has retired, Fawad Ahmed and Kurtis Patterson have moved to Perth and English imports Joe Root and Jos Buttler won’t be back either.
The Thunder have picked up a couple of internationals in the pair’s place, signing compatriot Alex Hales to open the batting and experienced all-rounder Chris Morris, who was picked for the Proteas’ World Cup campaign. Callum Ferguson is the new captain, and they’ve also signed former Heat and Strikers batsman Alex Ross to a three-year deal.
While Usman Khawaja is officially a Thunder player, he’s unlikely to play much of a part in the season due to international commitments.