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Here are the full Big Bash League squads and team lists for the 2020-21 season.
Team lists typically consist of 19 players with up to four internationals – three of which can be with the team at any one time. That’s an increase from last season, when only two overseas-based players were allowed in an XI.
While many sides have signed England internationals, anyone in the English squad to tour South Africa will be unavailable for Big Bash selection until after Christmas.
Players in the Australian Test squad will only be available for the last three games of the regular season, while those just selected for the Australia A squad will miss one or two BBL matches at the start of the competition.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs (England), Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson (local replacement player), Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (England), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Coach: Jason Gillespie
The Strikers made a couple of notable signings for BBL10, bringing in former Test opener Matt Renshaw and swing bowler Dan Worrall. Worrall had been a regular threat with the new ball at the Stars, while Renshaw bounced around the order for the Brisbane Heat but is set to be handed a more stable role up the top with the Strikers. Perhaps their biggest move was retaining Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for another season, and English batsman Phil Salt has also returned to the side. His countryman, Danny Briggs, is the Strikers’ other international player.
Adelaide will no longer be able to call on the services of Billy Stanlake, with the beanpole quick swapping places with Worrall at the Stars, while Cameron White has retired and moved onto an assistant coach role at the club. However, they’ve patched their bowling attack with young talent in 24-year-old left-arm quick Spencer Johnson and 20-year-old all-rounder Liam Scott.
Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn (c), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Lewis Gregory (England), Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Dan Lawrence (England), Ben Laughlin, Simon Milenko (local replacement player), Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer (local replacement player), Jackson Sinfield (local replacement player), Mark Steketee, Connor Sully (local replacement player), Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Jack Wildermuth, Matt Willans, Jack Wood (local replacement player)
Coach: Darren Lehmann
Brisbane have made a couple of nice signings from the Melbourne Renegades, picking up batsman Tom Cooper and all-rounder Jack Wildermuth. They’ll also have an exciting season to look forward to from Englishman Lewis Gregory, an all-rounder, while Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman is back too.
Unfortunately, the men in teal have lost the services of big-hitting Tom Banton who pulled out of the competition, citing the demands of constant bio-security restrictions as a major part of the decision.
Two Heat regulars have left the side for 2020-21: all-rounder Ben Cutting has moved to the Thunder, while batsman Matt Renshaw has been lured down to Adelaide.
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c), Scott Boland, Johan Botha (local replacement player), Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Will Jacks (England), Caleb Jewell (local replacement player), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Dawid Malan (England), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Tim Paine, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul (West Indies), D’Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim (local replacement player), Nick Winter, Mac Wright
Coach: Adam Griffith
A strong Hurricanes top order which boasts Matt Wade, D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott was made even stronger with the signing of England’s world no.1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan, as well as former Australian international Peter Handscomb from the Melbourne Stars. South African Colin Ingram will take Malan’s place before Christmas while the latter is unavailable due to international selection. West Indian all-rounder Keemo Paul is another new addition for the Canes this year, as is Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
The Hurricanes have also signed young Englishman Will Jacks, who will be available for the entire tournament. The 21-year-old is a batting all-rounder who also bowls off-spin.
Jofra Archer won’t be a part of this year’s Big Bash due to his ever-increasing role with England. Hobart will also be without the lively Qais Ahmad, replaced by another leggy in young Victorian Will Parker. Further, George Bailey is another loss for BBL10, the former skipper retiring at the end of last season, but Australian Test captain Tim Paine is back in purple – although only for the last few games of the season.
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan), Cameron Boyce, Brody Couch (local replacement player), Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou (local replacement player), Jon Holland, Benny Howell (England), Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Beau Webster
Coach: Michael Klinger
There’s been some significant roster turnover at the Renegades, with veterans Dan Christian (Sixers), Tom Cooper and Jack Wildermuth (both Brisbane) leaving the club. South African duo Rilee Rossouw and Imran Tahir have joined the side, and Afghan spinner Noor Ahmad is there as cover for Tahir. Imad Wasim, one of the best T20 bowlers in the world, will also don a scarlet red cap from Boxing Day onwards. English all-rounder Benny Howell will join the club to fill in for Mohammad Nabi while he is in quarantine.
There’s an exciting group of youngsters in the team, with Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper and Mackenzie Harvey all committed to the red side of Melbourne, and the Renegades have retained Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. They’ve also brought back fast bowler James Pattinson after a stint with the Brisbane Heat.
Melbourne Stars squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pakistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
Coach: David Hussey
The Stars have lured a couple of big-name West Indian signings for BBL10, nabbing opening batsman Andre Fletcher to be paired with fellow big-hitter Nicholas Pooran for their first appearances in the tournament. Fletcher will be available until around Australia Day as he comes in to fill the void of Jonny Bairstow who was recalled to the English national team.
Melbourne have also signed beanpole quick Billy Stanlake from Adelaide and Afghan left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan has made the move south after playing eight games for Brisbane last season. Pakistani fast bowler Dilbar Hussain rounds out the Stars international roster.
Peter Handscomb and Dan Worrall have both left the club for Hobart and Adelaide respectively, but they’ve also secured the services of rising young star Will Pucovski.
Perth Scorchers squad
Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke (England), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie (local replacement player), Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli (local replacement player), Jason Roy (England), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Coach: Adam Voges
The Scorchers have made two blockbuster signings for their top order, bringing in England and New Zealand opening batsmen Jason Roy and Colin Munro for the season. With Roy and countryman Liam Livingstone unavailable for the first three games of the season, Perth have also signed fellow English batsman Joe Clarke as a temporary replacement.
Sydney Sixers squad
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jake Ball (England), Nick Bertus (local replacement player), Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Jason Holder (West Indies), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith (local replacement player), Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers (local replacement player), Gurinder Sandhu (local replacement player), Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (England)
Coach: Greg Shipperd
The defending champions from BBL09, Sydney have only further strengthened their side by signing West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, as well as veteran Dan Christian from the Melbourne Renegades. James Vince is another international player on the books, while fellow Englishman Tom Curran has opted out of the 2020-21 season. Curran has been replaced by countryman Jake Ball, and West Indian captain Jason Holder will join the squad for three games around Christmas.
Sydney Thunder squad
Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (New Zealand), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Coach: Shane Bond
The Thunder have added some BBL experience to their side through all-rounder Ben Cutting. One of the biggest hitters in the competition, Cutting arrived from the Brisbane Heat and will add some clean striking to the Thunder’s lower order. They’ve also got a pair of England internationals in the form of Sam Billings and Alex Hales. Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne is their other import.
Usman Khawaja is officially a Thunder player and is set to play a significant role in the tournament after being overlooked for Australian selection. The club have released fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu and wicketkeeper-batsman Jay Lenton. Instead, Matthew Gilkes will put on the gloves backed up by a secondary keeping option in the newly acquired Baxter Holt.