The complete Big Bash League squads and team lists for the 2020-21 season are listed below.
There are usually 19 players on squad rosters, including up to four internationals – three of whom can be on the roster at any one time. This is an improvement from last season, where only two players from outside the United States were permitted to play in an XI.
Although several teams have signed England internationals, anyone who is part of the England squad that will visit South Africa will not be fit for inclusion in the Big Bash until after the holidays.
Players chosen for the Australian Test squad will only be available for the final three games of the regular season, while those selected for the Australia A squad will only be available for one or two BBL games at the start of the tournament.
Travis Head (c), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs (England), Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Ryan Gibson (local replacement player), Spencer Johnson, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Phil Salt (England), Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall
Former Test opener Matt Renshaw and swing bowler Dan Worrall were among the noteworthy additions to the Strikers’ BBL10 roster. Worrall had been a reliable threat with the new ball for the Stars, while Renshaw had bounced around the top of the order for the Brisbane Heat but is expected to be given a more secure position with the Strikers. The retention of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for another season was perhaps their most significant step, and English batsman Phil Salt has also returned to the side. Danny Briggs, a fellow countryman, is the Strikers’ other international player.
Billy Stanlake has quickly swapped positions with Worrall at the Stars, and Cameron White has retired and transferred into an assistant coach job at the club, so Adelaide will no longer be able to rely on his services. However, they’ve bolstered their bowling attack with the additions of Spencer Johnson, a 24-year-old left-arm fast, and Liam Scott, a 20-year-old all-rounder.
Chris Lynn (c), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Lewis Gregory (England), Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Dan Lawrence (England), Ben Laughlin, Simon Milenko (local replacement player), Morne Morkel, Jimmy Peirson, Lachlan Pfeffer (local replacement player), Jackson Sinfield (local replacement player), Mark Steketee, Connor Sully (local replacement player), Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Jack Wildermuth, Matt Willans, Jack Wood (local replacement player)
Brisbane has signed batsman Tom Cooper and all-rounder Jack Wildermuth from the Melbourne Renegades. They can also look forward to an interesting season from English all-rounder Lewis Gregory, as well as Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Unfortunately, the men in teal have lost big-hitting Tom Banton, who withdrew from the tournament, citing persistent bio-security constraints as a major factor in his decision.
For the 2020-21 season, two Heat regulars have departed the team: all-rounder Ben Cutting has joined the Thunder, and batsman Matt Renshaw has been tempted down to Adelaide.
Matthew Wade (c), Scott Boland, Johan Botha (local replacement player), Tim David, Jake Doran, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb, Colin Ingram (South Africa), Will Jacks (England), Caleb Jewell (local replacement player), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Dawid Malan (England), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitch Owen, Tim Paine, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul (West Indies), D’Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim (local replacement player), Nick Winter, Mac Wright
The signing of England’s world no. 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan, as well as former Australian international Peter Handscomb from the Melbourne Stars, bolstered a solid Hurricanes top order that already included Matt Wade, D’Arcy Short, and Ben McDermott.
Due to his growing position with England, Jofra Archer will not be playing in this year’s Big Bash. Hobart will also be missing the vivacious Qais Ahmad, who will be succeeded by another svelte Victorian in the form of young Victorian Will Parker. Furthermore, George Bailey, the previous captain who retired at the end of last season, is another BBL10 disappointment, but Australian Test captain Tim Paine is back in purple – albeit only for the final few games of the season.
Aaron Finch (c), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan), Cameron Boyce, Brody Couch (local replacement player), Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Peter Hatzoglou (local replacement player), Jon Holland, Benny Howell (England), Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Will Sutherland, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Beau Webster
The Renegades have seen major team turnover, with veterans Dan Christian (Sixers), Tom Cooper, and Jack Wildermuth (both Brisbane) departing. Rilee Rossouw and Imran Tahir, both from South Africa, also joined the team, with Afghan spinner Noor Ahmad providing cover for Tahir. From Boxing Day onwards, Imad Wasim, one of the best T20 bowlers in the world, will also wear a scarlet red hat. Benny Howell, an English all-rounder, will join the club to cover for Mohammad Nabi when he is in quarantine.
Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, and Mackenzie Harvey have all committed to the red side of Melbourne, and Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has stuck with the Renegades. They’ve also re-signed fast bowler James Pattinson, who previously played with the Brisbane Heat.
Glenn Maxwell (c), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (Pakistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
The Stars have landed a pair of big-name West Indian signings for BBL10, including opening batsman Andre Fletcher and fellow big-hitter Nicholas Pooran, who will make their BBL debuts. Fletcher will be available until after Australia Day, filling the gap left by Jonny Bairstow’s recall to the England national team.
Melbourne has also signed Adelaide’s beanpole fast Billy Stanlake, and Afghan left-arm wrist-spinner Zahir Khan, who played eight games for Brisbane last season, has moved south. Dilbar Hussain, a Pakistani fast bowler, completes the Stars’ international roster.
Peter Handscomb and Dan Worrall have now left the club for Hobart and Adelaide, respectively, but Will Pucovski, an emerging young star, has joined them.
Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Joe Clarke (England), Cameron Gannon, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie (local replacement player), Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kelly, Liam Livingstone (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jhye Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli (local replacement player), Jason Roy (England), Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman
The Scorchers have added two big names to their top order, with England and New Zealand openers Jason Roy and Colin Munro joining for the season. Perth has signed fellow English batsman Joe Clarke as a temporary substitute for Roy and countryman Liam Livingstone, who are both out for the first three games of the season.
Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Justin Avendano, Jake Ball (England), Nick Bertus (local replacement player), Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Dan Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Jason Holder (West Indies), Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lawrence Neil-Smith (local replacement player), Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe, Lloyd Pope, Tom Rogers (local replacement player), Gurinder Sandhu (local replacement player), Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, James Vince (England)
Sydney, the reigning BBL09 champions, have bolstered their squad even further by recruiting West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and veteran Dan Christian from the Melbourne Renegades. Another international player on the cards is James Vince, while Tom Curran, a fellow Englishman, has opted out of the 2020-21 season. Curran has been replaced by Jake Ball, a fellow countryman, and West Indian captain Jason Holder will join the squad for three games around the holidays.
Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne (New Zealand), Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Ben Cutting, an all-rounder, has taken some BBL expertise to the Thunder. Cutting, one of the league’s top hitters, has joined the Thunder from the Brisbane Heat and can provide some tidy hitting to the Thunder’s lower order. In the form of Sam Billings and Alex Hales, they have two England internationals. Adam Milne, a fast bowler from New Zealand, is their other import.
Usman Khawaja has finally joined the Thunder and is expected to play a key role in the tournament after being passed over for Australian pick. Gurinder Sandhu, a fast bowler, and wicketkeeper-batsman Jay Lenton, a wicketkeeper-batsman, have been released by the club. Instead, Matthew Gilkes will don the gloves, with recently acquired Baxter Holt providing a backup option.