Here we go again, another year of BBL cricket to enjoy. Hard to believe it’s been five years since the tournament’s inception.
I’ve tried to predict what the line-up for each side will be for their first match, taking into account injuries, suspensions, and availability as determined by CA. Let me know what you think about the sides too!
2 Ludeman (wk)
3 Jayawardene (int)
8 Rashid (int)
Remaining squad: Stanlake, Putland, Kelvin Smith, Kingston, Lehmann, Keath, Dean
Jayawardene might open, but given the success of Simmons and Ludeman at the top last season I’d expect that partnership to continue. Expecting the Strikers to play two spinners (Rashid & Holland), so that means Stanlake, Putland and Kingston have to wait for a green wicket.
2 Simmons (int)
8 Peirson (wk)
11 Badree (int)
Remaining squad: Lalor, Feldman, Forrest, Buchanan, Swepson, Wildermuth, Fekete
Hard to see much else happening in the Heat XI, Forrest is a chance to play in place of Doolan perhaps, and Fekete, Lalor and Feldman will be gunning for a pace spot.
2 Paine (wk)
3 Sangakkara (int)
7 Sammy (int)
Remaining squad: Rose, Hill, Rainbird, Milenko, van der Gugten, Webster, Michael
Most people would agree on what the opening Hurricanes squad should look like. Rose is a chance to play over or perhaps with Boyce depending on conditions, as Christian is there as a spare seamer if required. Expect to see Milenko during the tournament too.
1 Wright (int)
3 Pietersen (int)
5 Hussey, D
6 Handscomb (wk)
Remaining squad: Quiney, Harper, Gulbis, Worrall, Gotch, Hilfenhaus, Triffitt
Triffitt was excellent in the last BBL with crucial lower order knocks, but Handscomb has been keeping of late and looks likely to continue that. ]Hilfy will need to work for his spot and EDIT: Stoinis will open instead of Quiney.
2 Gayle (int)
5 Wade (wk)
7 Bravo (int)
Remaining squad: Winter, Beaton, Hauritz, Nevill, Pattinson, Siddle, Short
White opened in the last BBL with the Stars but that simply won’t happen here. Siddle and Pattinson have been ruled out which leaves young quick Walker with the final spot, over the left armed Winter. No room for the Test keeper Nevill and I’d say the ‘Gades will prefer Doherty over Hauritz.
1 Marsh, S
2 Willey (int)
4 Carberry (int)
6 Whiteman (wk)
Remaining squad: Paris, Mitch Marsh, Muirhead, Harris, Mackin, Turner, Bancroft
Going with my gut here and saying that Willey will open the batting, as he did for Northamptonshire and did in Perth’s warm-up match. Paris’s form has been great, but is still probably behind at least three. Turner will get his spot back when Voges returns to the Test team.
1 Lumb (int)
2 Haddin (wk)
6 Botha (int)
Remaining squad: Dwarshuis, Edwards, Lawford, Henriques, Hazlewood, Steve Smith, Starc
Four players out of the opening clash with captain Henriques suspended, Hazlewood and Smith not available and Starc injured. There are no spare batsmen so Botha will bat at six. Haddin should open and captain in Moey’s absence.
1 Kallis (int)
4 Hussey, M
7 Hartley (wk)
8 Russell (int)
Remaining squad: McDermott, Beadle, Patterson, Pattison, Doran, Cummins, McDonald
Doran a good chance to get the keeping gig over Hartley but the Thunder might go with experience. Watson must open with Kallis while McDonald’s position is unsure. Not sure Cummins will be fit for the opening clash.