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The Big Bash League squads for the 2018-19 season are yet to be announced. They are due to be confirmed in December.
Squads consist of 18 players, two of which can be overseas-based players. While each club had 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.
In the meantime, you can check out all of the 2017-18 squads below.
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 (c), Colin Ingram (South Africa), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells.
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
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (c, New Zealand), Jimmy Peirson, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee, Cameron Valente.
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), Jofra Archer (West Indies), James Bazley, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade.
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), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), James Pattinson, Kieron Pollard (West Indies – replacement), Kane Richardson, Matt Short, Will Sutherland (rookie), Chris Tremain, Guy Walker, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth.
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
Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings (c), Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen (England), Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Worrall, Luke Wright (England), Adam Zampa.
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
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Voges (c), Sam Whiteman, David Willey (England)
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
Sean Abbott, Sam Billings (England), Jackson Bird, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards (rookie), Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Jason Roy (England), Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton.
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
Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Jos Buttler (England), Pat Cummins, Andrew Fekete, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher (rookie), Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Clint McKay, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson.
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