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The 2018-19 Big Bash League season saw the Melbourne Renegades claim their first ever championship. There are the full squads for every team that participated.
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 named a seemingly strong line-up for BBL|08, with Travis Head, Jake Lehmann and Billy Stanlake headling the side for the South Australians. The Strikers struggled badly, however, winning only six matches to finish second last.
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 went around once more as the Brisbane Heat captain, leading a squad that looked absolutely stacked in the batting order. In the end, Brisbane were left to rue a miserable start to the season, with their late rally only enough to see them finish fifth.
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
The previous season’s runners-up looked 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 headlined the team, while English import Jofra Archer made for very interesting viewing.
It was viewed as Hobart’s season to lose for much of the season. The Hurricanes comfortably finished atop the ladder, but lost to the Stars by six wickets in their semi-final.
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 replaced Shinwari midway through the season.
Pundits weren’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 all had the potential to be called up for Test duty.
Instead, the Renegades surprised everyone. They finished second on the ladder with a strong season, before going on to claim their inaugural championship in thrilling fashion.
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 replaced Lamichhane midway through the season.
The Stars were hell-bent on rebounding from last year’s last-place finish, and they had a couple of big names ready to help them recover. Damaging all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was an extremely handy addition to the side and, between he and Glenn Maxwell, created plenty of fireworks.
Melbourne looked to be cruising to the title after a strong start in their grand final run chase, but an unthinkable 7/19 collapse late in the innings saw them lose the decider in heartbreaking fashion.
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 was only available from late December after his suspension concluded.
Perth are perennial contenders and, once again, they fielded a very competitive squad. Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Michael Klinger and Andrew Tye had all proved themselves as genuine BBL superstars, while the return of Cameron Bancroft from suspension boosted a strong side even further.
Stunningly, however, the Scorchers failed to deliver on their promise, winning just four matches and finishing last in an unprecedentedly shocking season.
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 returned to captain the Sydney Sixers for another year, with familiar faces Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Stephen O’Keefe and Jordan Silk all joining him on the SCG.
Despite a rocky start, the Sixers came from nowhere to finish third and make a surprise finals appearance. They were defeated in the semi-finals by the Renegades.
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 were a number of big names in the Thunder lineup this season, with Shane Watson and Joe Root becoming the unlikeliest of teammates.
The Thunder had a strong season, but missed the finals in controversial circumstances after a match they were dominating against the Brisbane Heat was declared ‘no result’ due to poor lighting. Had the Thunder won that match, they would have qualified.