The Australian ODI squad has been announced and it means there are some serious effects for our BBL sides. ODI duty for the selected players officially begins on January 8, so that’s the date we’ve got to rule them out.
Here’s what the changes for each team are and what it means for their XIs.
Regain: Travis Head
Lose: Billy Stanlake, Alex Carey, Peter Siddle
The skipper returns for the Strikers, but they lose three very important players. It will provide some opportunity to some younger players too, so look out for Harry Neilson (WKP/BAT, $42k) to keep, and Nick Winter (BWL, $62.5k) and David Grant (BWL, $42k) to get opportunities with the ball.
Regain: Marnus Labuschagne
Labuschagne hasn’t been playing for the Heat, but he is in their squad. If their poor form continues, they’ll have to throw the Test player a game or two to change things up.
Regain: Tim Paine
This has worked out pretty well for the Hurricanes! But with such a settled (and in-form) top order, is there room for the Australian captain?
Regain: Marcus Harris
Lose: Aaron Finch
The Renegades need more batting strength and Harris is a perfect inclusion. Costing only $126k and with a double-week coming up, he will be a popular selection.
Lose: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb
The Stars have been hit hard after recently finding some form. Keep in mind that Liam Plunkett (BWL, $138k) has already replaced Sandeep Lamichhane, so chances will fall to other spinners Liam Bowe (BWL, $84.7k) and Michael Beer (BWL, $72.3k). Nic Maddinson (BAT, $136k) is close to returning from a fractured arm.
Lose: Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson
Perth’s tough BBL is set to continue with the ODI squad taking some of their best performers. Looks like we might get to see young-gun Cameron Green (BWL, $42k) get a crack with the two quickies out.
Lose: Nathan Lyon
Unfortunately we won’t see the GOAT in action, which is a shame as he always seems to dominate the BBL.
Regain: Pat Cummins
Lose: Usman Khawaja
Interestingly, Pat Cummins (BWL, $174k) is on the Thunder’s list. Will CA allow him to play BBL if he’s meant to be resting following his Test duties? It will be fascinating to see. Keep in mind that Joe Root and Jos Buttler only have a few days left in Australia, so Twenty20 specialists Chris Jordan (BWL, $141k) and Anton Devcich (BAT/BWL, $73k) will be joining the Thunder.