Big Bash League 2018-19 gets underway in a week’s time. BBL 08 will be an extended 59-match season that will span two months.
There’s a place for individual brilliance within any T20 league but winning one is all about the balance of a side and the reinforcements for each role. Ahead of the BBL, all the franchises have done quite a bit of trade to give themselves a shot at winning the title. That said, let’s take a look at how the eight sides have shaped their squad for the upcoming edition of BIG BASH
ADELAIDE STRIKERS SQUAD: Travis Head (c), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Nick Winter, Wes Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Michael Cormack, David Grant, Colin Ingram (overseas) and Rashid Khan (overseas).
IN: Matt Short, Cameron Valente; OUT: Jono Dean, Daniel Drew
COACH: Jason Gillespie
BRISBANE HEAT SQUAD: Chris Lynn (c), James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Brendon McCullum (overseas) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (overseas).
IN: Matt Kuhnemann, James Pattinson, Jack Prestwidge, Mujeeb Ur Rahman; OUT: Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Shadab Khan, Cameron Valente
COACH: Daniel Vettori
HOBART HURRICANES SQUAD: George Bailey, Tim Paine (wk), Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers, Matthew Wade (wk), Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, David Moody, Alex Doolan, Jofra Archer (overseas), Johan Botha (overseas) and Tymal Mills (overseas)
IN: Johan Botha, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, David Moody, Aaron Summers; OUT: Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Hamish Kingston, Nathan Reardon, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird
COACH: Adam Griffith
MELBOURNE RENEGADES SQUAD: Aaron Finch (c), Tim Ludeman (wk), Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Mohammad Nabi (overseas), Usman Khan Shinwari (overseas) and Harry Gurney (overseas).
Gurney replaces Shinwari for the second half of season
IN: Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Zak Evans, Mackenzie Harvey, Usman Khan Shinwari, Will Sutherland; OUT: Brad Hodge, Matt Short, Brad Hogg, Guy Walker, Dwayne Bravo, James Pattinson
COACH: Andrew McDonald
MELBOURNE STARS SQUAD: Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk (wk), Seb Gotch (wk), Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb (wk), Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Dwayne Bravo (overseas), Sandeep Lamichhane (overseas) and Liam Plunkett (overseas).
Plunkett replaces Lamichhane during the tournament
IN: Jackson Bird, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Travis Dean, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo; OUT: James Faulkner, Sam Harper, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Luke Wright
COACH: Stephen Fleming
PERTH SCORCHERS SQUAD: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (wk), Matthew Kelly, Sam Whiteman (wk), Usman Qadir (overseas) and David Willey (overseas).
IN: Matthew Kelly, Usman Qadir; OUT: Mitchell Johnson, Adam Voges
COACH: Adam Voges
SYDNEY SIXERS SQUAD: Moises Henriques (c), Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill (wk), Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Henry Thornton, Sean Abbott, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Justin Avendano, Dan Fallins, Greg West Joe Denly (overseas) and Tom Curran (overseas).
IN: Joe Denly, Jack Edwards, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Curran, Justin Avendano, Dan Fallins; OUT: Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Nic Maddinson, Jason Roy, Daniel Sams, Mitchell Starc
COACH: Greg Shipperd
SYDNEY THUNDER SQUAD: Shane Watson ©, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Sam Rainbird, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Joe Root (overseas), Jos Buttler (overseas), Chris Jordan (overseas) and Anton Devcich (overseas).
Jordan and Devcich will replace Root and Buttler for the second half of the season.
IN: Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Sam Rainbord, Jason Sangha; OUT: Clint McKay, Ben Rohrer, Aiden Blizzard, Andrew Fekete
COACH: Shane Bond