Every BBL team’s big off-season recruits — and the stars they’ve watched leave
Australia’s premiere domestic T20 competition is back for its 10th edition and, despite the difficulties of a pandemic, teams have been busy recruiting ahead of the season.
Here’s how every team is shaping up ahead of Thursday night’s opening fixture.
The ONLY place to watch every match of the 2020/21 KFC BBL Season Live & Ad-Break Free During Play is on Fox Cricket, available on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >
TOM MORRIS AND LAWRIE COLLIVER PREVIEW BBL10 ON THE LATEST EDITION OF THE FOLLOW-ON PODCAST.
TO LISTEN, TAP HERE OR SUBSCRIBE IN ITUNES OR SPOTIFY
Squad: Wes Agar, Danny Briggs (ENG) Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head (c), Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (AFG), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matthew Renshaw, Phil Salt (ENG), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall.
Ins: Danny Briggs, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Renshaw (Heat), Liam Scott, Daniel Worrall (Stars)
Outs: Jake Lehmann (delisted), Billy Stanlake (Stars), Cameron White (retired), Nick Winter (Hurricanes)
Key recruit: Danny Briggs — The 29-year-old is the most prolific bowler in the history of England’s domestic T20 competition, and he should be available for the entire competition. The left-arm tweaker has 186 wickets in T20 cricket at 21.99 and could take some of the load off Rashid Khan.
Key out: Billy Stanlake — Granted the towering quick is fairly hot and cold, but on his day, Stanlake brought a fear factor to the Strikers’ attack that 145km/h thunderbolts generally do. He’s headed to the Stars.
Fixture: Hurricanes (H), Hurricanes (A), Sixers (A), Heat (A), Scorchers (A), Scorchers (H), Sixers (H), Renegades (A), Renegades (H), Stars (H), Stars (A), Heat (H), Thunder (A), Thunder (H)
Squad: Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Lewis Gregory (ENG), Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Dan Lawrence (ENG), Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (c), Morne Morkel (SA), Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (AFG), Jack Wildermuth, Matt Willans, Simon Milenko*, Jack Wood* Lachy Pfeffer*
*Denotes replacement player
Ins: James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory (ENG), Dan Lawrence, Morne Morkel, Matt Willians, Jack Wildermuth
Outs: Tom Banton (ENG),Ben Cutting (Thunder), Josh Lalor (Renegades), James Pattinson (Renegades), Zahir Khan (Stars)
Key recruit: Morne Morkel — The South Africa great is now an Australian resident and ready to make his mark on the BBL having been just an overseas replacement player for the Scorchers last season. His record speaks for itself: 535 international wickets at 26.32, and 202 at 25.05 in all T20 cricket.
Key out: Tom Banton — One of England’s most exciting white ball talents who well and truly made a big impact last season with an average of 31.85 and a strike rate of 176.97. He’s opted out of the BBL due to bubble fatigue.
Fixture: Stars (A), Thunder (A), Strikers (H), Hurricanes (H), Hurricanes (A), Sixers (H), Thunder (H), Stars (A), Sixers (A), Renegades (H), Scorchers (A), Strikers (A), Renegades (A), Scorchers (H)
Squad: Scott Boland, Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Tim Paine, Will Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Nick Winter, Mac Wright, Sandeep Lamichhane (NEP), Dawid Malan (ENG), Keemo Paul (WI), Johan Botha*, Charlie Wakim*, Caleb Jewell*, Will Jacks* (ENG), Colin Ingram* (SA)
*Denotes replacement player
Ins: Peter Handscomb (Stars), Nick Winter (Strikers), Dawid Malan (ENG), Will Jacks (ENG), Colin Ingram (SA), Tim David (Scorchers), Keemo Paul (WI), Sandeep Lamichhane (Stars)
Outs: George Bailey, Caleb Jewell, Simon Milenko, David Miller, Tom Rogers, Qais Ahmad, Clive Rose, Aaron Summers
Key recruit: Dawid Malan andSandeep Lamichhane — Malan is the No.1 T20 batsman in the world — what more needs to be said? The 33-year-old is a massive coup for the Hurricanes and he arrives in some strong form, too. Earlier this month he blasted an unbeaten 99 and another half century against South Africa, taking his T20I average to a whopping 53.43. That’s three higher than Virat Kohli.
Nepalese spinner Lamichhane is also a big signing for the Hurricanes whose strength has typically been in its batters. The 20-year-old — who has 117 T20 wickets at just 18.15 — will give the outfit an extra dimension with his mystery spin.
Key out: David Miller — The South African didn’t hit lofty heights with the Hurricanes last year but still averaged a handy 22.00 with a strike rate of 131.12.
Fixture: Sixers (H), Strikers (A), Strikers (H), Renegades (H), Heat (A), Heat (H), Stars (H), Stars (A), Thunder (H), Scorchers (A), Thunder (A), Scorchers (H), Sixers (A), Renegades (A)
Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Noor Ahmad (AFG), Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (AFG), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Roussow (SA), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (SA), Imad Wasim (PAK), Beau Webster, Peter Hatzoglou*, Benny Howell (ENG)*, Brody Couch*
*Denotes overseas or local replacement player
Ins: Noor Ahmad, Josh Lalor (Heat), James Pattinson (Heat), Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Rilee Roussow, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim
Outs: Jack Wildermuth (Heat), Tom Cooper (Heat), Dan Christian (Sixers), Harry Gurney, Richard Gleeson, Joe Mennie, Samit Patel, Andrew Fekete, Tom Andrews, Brayden Stepien, Nathan McSweeney
Key recruit: Imran Tahir — The South African veteran won’t be available until after Christmas but he brings with him one serious CV. More than 300 T20 matches, 165 internationals — and 63 wickets at just 15.04 in 20-over cricket for South Africa. A major signing for the red half of Melbourne.
Key out: Dan Christian — The experience the Renegades gain with Tahir they lose with Christian heading to the Sydney Sixers. The all-rounder was man-of-the-match for the Renegades when they won the title over the Stars two seasons ago.
Fixture: Scorchers (H), Sixers (A), Hurricanes (A), Thunder (A), Sixers (H), Thunder (H), Scorchers (A), Strikers (H), Strikers (A), Heat (A), Stars (A), Stars (H), Heat (H), Hurricanes (H)
Squad: Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (PAK), Zahir Khan (AFG), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Andre Fletcher (WI)
Ins: Billy Stanlake (Strikers), Liam Hatcher (Thunder), Zahir Khan (Heat), Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Andre Fletcher (WI)
Outs: Peter Handscomb (Hurricanes), Daniel Worrall (Strikers), Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane (Hurricanes)
Key recruit: Nicholas Pooran — The Stars will have some extra international star power this season with the signing of West Indies power hitter Pooran. The 25-year-old will be available for six matches in the back-end of the tournament.
Key out: Haris Rauf — The Pakistani was one of the breakout stars of BBL 09 for his haul of 20 wickets at just 13.35, which included a hat-trick. He won’t be back due to Pakistan duties.
Fixture: Heat (H), Thunder (H), Scorchers (A), Sixers (A), Thunder (A), Hurricanes (A), Hurricanes (H), Heat (A), Strikers (A), Strikers (H), Renegades (H), Renegades (A), Scorchers (H), Sixers (A)
Squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmad, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke*, Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Jason Roy (ENG), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
Ins: Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Jason Roy (ENG)
Outs: Morne Morkel (Heat), Chris Jordan, Nick Hobson, Jaron Morgan, Tim David (Hurricanes)
Key recruit: Jason Roy — The gun England opener and 2019 World Cup winner is one of the game’s cleanest hitters who will bring some serious firepower to the Scorchers top order. He will also likely arrive late, however, due to 14-day quarantine requirements.
Key out: Morne Morkel — One big-name international comes in while another leaves. The Scorchers never got much use out of Morkel who was a replacement international player for just one game last season. He now heads east to the Brisbane Heat.
Fixture: Renegades (A), Stars (H), Thunder (A), Strikers (H), Strikers (A), Renegades (H), Sixers (H), Thunder (H), Scorchers (H), Sixers (A), Heat (H), Hurricanes (A), Stars (A), Heat (A)
Squad: Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano*, Nick Bertus*, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite (WI), Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Moises Henriques (c), Jason Holder (WI), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith*, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers*, Gurinder Sandhu*, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (ENG)
*denotes local replacement player
Ins: Nick Bertus, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian (Renegades), Jason Holder, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Tom Rogers (Hurricanes), Gurinder Sandhu (Thunder), Mitchell Starc
Outs: Daniel Fallins, Josh Hazlewood, Steve Smith, Tom Curran (ENG)
Key recruit: Dan Christian — Last year’s champion has picked up the 37-year-old journeyman whose experience and all-rounds talents will be a welcome boost to its title defence. The all-rounder didn’t have his best season last time out for the Renegades, but he’s fresh from averaging 28.83 with the bat and 30.88 with the ball in the Vitality Blast. The Sixers have landed big international signings but, unlike Christian, they will have limited availability.
Key out: Tom Curran — The Sixers will sorely miss the England star who has withdrawn from the competition due to bubble fatigue. He was a key member of the side that lifted last year’s title.
Fixture: Hurricanes (A), Renegades (H), Strikers (H), Stars (H), Renegades (A), Heat (A), Strikers (A), Scorchers (A), Heat (H), Thunder (A), Scorchers (H), Thunder (H), Hurricanes (H), Stars (A)
Squad: Sam Billings (ENG), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Callum Ferguson (c), Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (ENG), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (NZ), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Ins: Sam Billings (ENG), Ben Cutting (Heat), Baxter Holt, Adam Milne
Outs: Jay Lenton, Chris Morris (SA), Gurinder Sandhu, Liam Bowe
Key recruit: Sam Billings — The Thunder’s obsession with England internationals continues with 29-year-old Billings joining Alex Hales in west Sydney. He’s no stranger to dominating Australian opposition — he hit 118 and 57 for England in an ODI series against Australia in September.
Key out: Chris Morris — Morris was the Thunder’s second-highest wicket-taker last season with his haul of 22 wickets at 19.36. The Thunder will look to new recruit Ben Cutting to fill the hole.
Fixture: Stars (A),Heat (H), Scorchers (H), Renegades (H), Stars (H), Renegades (A), Heat (A), Hurricanes (A), Scorchers (A), Sixes (A), Hurricanes (H), Sixers (A), Strikers (H), Strikers (A)