Big Bash League Teams for 2018-19
The Big Bash League squads for the 2018-19 edition are placed here. With the eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL08) just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how the eight teams make any changes to their squad going into the competition.
The Adelaide Strikers will enter the BBL08 as the defending champions, but all eyes will be on the Perth Scorchers who have won three of the six Big Bash League titles so far. Adam Voges, who no longer plays at the international level any more, could lead the way but lot of credit needs to go to the way coach Justin Langer has managed them over the years.
The big news, however, is that Langer is no longer the coach of the Scorchers side, having taken over the Aussie role and the Scorchers will hope they can still make a move in the tournament.
The runner-up from the sixth season and the winner of the first ever Big Bash League, Sydney Sixers has a strong-looking squad as well. However, Sixers’ problem often has been the absence of their big stars who are away playing for the Australian side. That is also probably why the Sydney Sixers squad hasn’t won more than just that one title they did in the first edition.
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The other successful teams in the Big Bash League include the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder. And it’s been a strange sort of seasons for those two Big Bash League squads apart from the ones in which they won the title.
The Thunder have been perennial wooden spoon winners while the Heat have generally struggled to make the semi-finals till they finally did that under the leadership of Brendon McCullum. McCullum should be back and if Chris Lynn can play for any length of time, the Heat could be a team to beat.
The Melbourne Stars were led by David Hussey last season but he has now called it a day, but what they need to do is to ensure they can get over the line after consistent appearances in the semi-finals. It will be interesting to see whether they will be one of those Big Bash League squads who go on to win the title this season.
Hobart Hurricanes could be led by George Bailey yet again but the big question is whether they can pull in the same direction under him. He has Tim Paine for company but the side has struggled with their overseas picks on occasions and that might need to change for their BBL07 squad.
The Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers have struggled over the first six seasons of the IPL. So much so that the Strikers captain Brad Hodge was shown the door as soon as they had played their last game previous season, and they could look to release many of their other players too. The Strikers have brought in Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for the new season.
The Renegades look to have an excellent squad on paper but have strangely ended up looking a tad under-par too.
Here’re the Big Bash League squads for the 2018-19 season:
Adelaide Strikers Squad for Big Bash League:
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Michael Cormack, David Grant, Travis Head, Colin Ingram (overseas), Rashid Khan (overseas), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Nick Winter
Coach: Jason Gillespie
Brisbane Heat Squad for Big Bash League:
Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Brendon McCullum (overseas), Chris Lynn, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Joe Burns, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Renshaw, Max Bryant, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb ur Rahman (overseas), Sam Heazlett
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Hobart Hurricanes Squad for Big Bash League:
George Bailey (c), Jofra Archer (overseas), Johan Botha, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Tymal Mills (overseas), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade
Coach: Gary Kirsen
Melbourne Renegades Squad for Big Bash League:
Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Tom Cooper, Zak Evans, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Christopher Tremain, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth, Harry Gurney, Usman Shinwari
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Melbourne Stars Squad for Big Bash League:
Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Sebastian Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddison, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane (overseas), Matt Parkinson (overseas)
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Perth Scorchers Squad for Big Bash League:
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Joel Paris, Usman Qadir, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey (overseas)
Sydney Sixers Squad for Big Bash League:
Sean Abbott, Joe Denly (overseas), John Hastings (might miss due to fitness issues), Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Henry Thornton, Lloyd Pope.
Coach: Greg Shippherd
Sydney Thunder Squad for Big Bash League:
Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (overseas), Patrick Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Kurtis Patterson, Joe Root (int), Daniel Sams, Shane Watson
Coach: Paddy Upton