The Sydney Thunder celebrate their win in last season's Big Bash.
The Sydney Thunder celebrate their win in last season's Big Bash. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Your team-by-team guide to BBL06

ADELAIDE STRIKERS

Ins: Ben Dunk (Hurricanes), Kieron Pollard, Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Chris Jordan, Jake Weatherald

Outs: Hamish Kingston (Hurricanes), Alex Ross (Heat), Mahela Jayawardene, Alex Keath, Gary Putland

Squad: Brad Hodge (captain), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Chris Jordan (first two games only), Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Michael Neser, Kieron Pollard, Adil Rashid (on Test duty with England for opening matches), Kane Richardson, Craig Simmons, Kelvin Smith, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald

Coach: Jason Gillespie

Imports: Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan (both England)

Key players: Australian T20 and ODI star Travis Head showed last season what an explosive force he can be, blasting a ton from 53 balls against the Sixers. He was among BBL05's top five scorers, averaging 42.71 at a strike rate of 153. Veteran Brad Hodge will provide stability in the batting line-up, while West Indian Kieron Pollard on his day can be as damaging as anyone in the game - with bat or ball.

Last season: First on ladder; lost in semi-final

Predicted finish: Premiers

BRISBANE HEAT

Ins: Alex Ross (Strikers), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Brendon McCullum

Outs: Nick Buchanan, Peter Forrest, James Hopes, Lendl Simmons

Squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Chris Lynn, Samuel Badree, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Andrew Fekete, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, James Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Imports: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Key players: Kiwi veteran Brendon McCullum is undoubtedly the biggest name in the Heat line-up and brings with him a reputation for fearsome hitting. But Chris Lynn will be every bit as crucial to the Heat. He was the top scorer in last season's competition with 378 runs from eight games - at a strike rate of 173.39 - and will need to reproduce that form for the Heat to be any chance of making the semis for the first time since BBL02.

Last season: Sixth

Predicted finish: Seventh

HOBART HURRICANES

Ins: Hamish Kingston (Strikers), James Bazley, Stuart Broad, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short

Outs: Ben Dunk (Strikers), Joe Mennie (Sixers), Michael Hill, Darren Sammy, Timm van der Gugten

Squad: Tim Paine (captain), George Bailey, James Bazley, Cameron Boyce, Stuart Broad, Dan Christian, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Dominic Michael, Simon Milenko, Sam Rainbird, Jake Reed, Clive Rose, Kumar Sangakkara, D'Arcy Short, Shaun Tait, Beau Webster, Jonathan Wells

Coach: Damien Wright

Imports: Stuart Broad (England), Kumar Sangakarra (Sri Lanka)

Key players: Fast-bowling firebrand Shaun Tait will lead the Canes' attack but the veteran needs to improve on last season, when he took only 10 wickets in 31 overs and leaked almost eight runs an over. His cause might be helped by the addition of English quick Stuart Broad, though he has been battling a foot injury. Like Tait, Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara will want a better series than last season, when he averaged 13.12.

Last season: Seventh

Predicted finish: Eighth

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Ins: Marcus Harris (Scorchers), Brad Hogg (Scorchers), Sunil Narine, Matthew Short

Outs: Cameron Gannon, Chris Gayle, Nathan Haurtiz, Guy Walker

Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Short, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Nick Winter

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Imports: Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo (both West Indies)

Key players: All-rounder Dwayne Bravo is world-class in all aspects of the game, and his bowling at the death was crucial as the West Indies won this year's T20 World Cup. But don't underestimate Sunil Narine. A deceptive spinner who can turn it both ways, the right-armer has twice won the Indian Premier League title with the Kolkata Knight Riders. He'll form a very tricky partnership with fellow spinner Brad Hogg.

Last season: Fifth

Predicted finish: Semi-finalist

MELBOURNE STARS

Ins: None

Outs: None

Squad: David Hussey (captain), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Sebastian Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt, Dan Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Imports: Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright (both England)

Key players: Who else but Kevin Pietersen? The former England star was the third highest scorer last season and is in good form, averaging over 80 for the Dolphins in South Africa's T20 competition, which wrapped up this week. Dangerous all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will also be keen to impress after being left out of Australia's three ODIs against New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee series.

Last season: Second on ladder, lost final

Predicted finish: Semi-finalist

PERTH SCORCHERS

Ins: Ian Bell, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell Johnson, Jhye Richardson

Outs: Marcus Harris (Renegades), Brad Hogg (Renegades), Michael Carberry, Simon Mackin

Squad: Adam Voges (pictured), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ian Bell, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, David Willey

Coach: Justin Langer

Imports: Ian Bell, David Willey (both England)

Key players: Former Australian spearhead Mitchell Johnson makes his Big Bash debut, aged 35, but it will be his first competitive action since April, so it's hard to get a read on the left-armer's form. With the bat, English veteran Ian Bell is still more than capable. The 34-year-old was the top run-scorer for his county in the T20 Blast this year, scoring 489 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of more than 130.

Last season: Third on ladder, lost in semi-final

Predicted finish: Fifth

SYDNEY SIXERS

Ins: Daniel Hughes (Thunder), Sam Billings, Joe Mennie, Jason Roy

Outs: Ed Cowan, Mickey Edwards, Michael Lumb, Steve Smith

Squad: Moises Henriques (captain), Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Doug Bollinger, Johan Botha, Ryan Carters, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Joe Mennie, Stephen O'Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc

Coach: Greg Shipperd

Imports: Sam Billings, Jason Roy (both England)

Key players: Top-order batsman Jason Roy showed his talent for England in this year's World T20, culminating with a 44-ball 78 against New Zealand in the semi-finals, and averaged 45 for Surrey in England's T20 Blast this year. With many of the Sixers' stars to miss games because of Test commitments, skipper Moises Henriques - who missed most of BBL05 through injury - will shoulder a lot of responsibility, as will veteran keeper Brad Haddin.

Last season: Eighth

Predicted finish: Sixth

SYDNEY THUNDER

Ins: Eoin Morgan, Jake Gibson, Nathan McAndrew, Alister McDermott

Outs: Ahillen Beadle, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Jonte Pattison

Squad: Shane Watson (captain), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Pat Cummins, Jake Doran, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Chris Hartley, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Alister McDermott, Clint McKay, Eoin Morgan, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu

Coach: Paddy Upton

Imports: Eoin Morgan (England), Andre Russell (West Indies)

Key players: All-rounder Andre Russell was the find of last season, and is set to make an impact in BBL06 with him free to play despite a ban hanging over his head for not properly informing drug authorities of his whereabouts. Usman Khawaja averaged 172.50 in his four knocks last season but will miss games through Test duty, while veteran Shane Watson is still a threat with bat and ball.

Last season: Fourth on ladder, premiers

Predicted finish: Runners-up


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