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The Big Bash League squads for the 2018-19 season are yet to be confirmed, although several teams have at least announced partial squads. They are due to be confirmed in December.
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.
After a sixth-place finish 2016-17, it looked as if the Strikers were never going to deliver on a promising era that saw them finish first in back-to-back seasons, but fail to take out the championship.
Their fans’ prayers were answered last season, however, with a blistering batting performance in the final helping them to a 25-run win over Hobart and their first ever title.
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, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Nick Winter
The Brisbane Heat were unable to back up their semi-final appearance from 2016-17, winning just four matches and finishing second-last on net run rate.
Brisbane Heat squad
Brendon McCullum (c) (New Zealand), Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee
The Hurricanes rebounded from a poor couple of seasons in 2017-18, reaching the finals with a 5-5 record and bouncing the heavily-favoured Scorchers in the semis.
They fell to the Strikers in the final, however, making it two grand final losses in four years.
Hobart Hurricanes squad
George Bailey (c), Jofra Archer (West Indies), Johan Botha, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’arcy Short, Aaron Summers, Matthew Wade
The Renegades made the finals for just the second time in 2017-18, losing their semi-final to Adelaide by one run.
They’re the only team in the BBL who are yet to make a grand final.
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Harry Gurney, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Usman Khan Shinwari, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth
The 2017-18 season was disastrous for the Stars, with the club not only missing the finals for the first time, but actually falling all the way to last place.
Melbourne Stars squad
Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Parkinson (England), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
The most successful club in the history of the Big Bash, winning three titles. The Scorchers have never missed the semi-finals, and have actually featured in five of the seven grand finals so far.
Finishing atop the ladder in 2017-18, Perth’s season came to an abrupt end with an upset loss to Hobart in the semi-finals.
Perth Scorchers squad
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir (Pakistan), Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (England)
2017-18 was the first time since 2012-13 that both Sydney teams missed the finals, after a disappointing campaign saw the Sixers go 4-6 and finish fifth.
Sydney Sixers squad
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Joe Denly (England), Mickey Edwards, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton
The Thunder have struggled throughout most of their BBL existence, ‘winning’ the first three wooden spoons, before backing up their maiden title in 2015-16 with a fourth last-place the next season.
In 2017-18, the Thunder won four matches and finished sixth.
Sydney Thunder squad
Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (England) Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich (New Zealand) Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Chris Jordan (England) Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Joe Root (England), Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson