With the much anticipated seventh edition of the BBL beginning on Tuesday we have gone through and previewed every team including the squads and team changes for BBL07.
The Perth Scorchers will enter the season fairly unchanged as the reigning champions, looking to add yet another trophy to their already full cabinet. While the Strikers, Hurricanes, Thunder and Renegades have made big changes to their lists.
We have got all of the BBL07 squads, BBL fixtures, betting odds and BBL predictions for the new season.
2016/17 position: Semi Finals
Melbourne Stars Squad:
Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings (c), Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa.
Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk (Strikers)
Kevin Pietersen (England), Luke Wright (England)
One of the more consistent teams in the BBL, the Stars will be looking to break their “chokers” tag and breakthrough for their maiden BBL win this season. Despite making the finals every single year the Stars have only ever progressed to the final once when they finished runner up in BBL05.
They have had little change to their squad with the retirement of David Hussey being well covered by the inclusion of Ben Dunk.
Since we last saw the Stars in action Marcus Stoinis has starred for Australia and created a name for himself further bolstering their line up on paper. The one negative is going to come at the back end of the season with many star players looking likely to be called up for international duty.
2016/17 position: 5th
Melbourne Renegades Squad:
Aaron Finch (c), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi, James Pattinson, Kieron Pollard, Kane Richardson, Matt Short, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain, Guy Walker, Beau Webster, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth.
Tim Ludeman, Kane Richardson, Jack Wildermuth, Brad Hodge, Jon Holland, Joe Mennie, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Beau Webster
Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
The Renegades were one of the biggest winners over the off season, bringing in a raft of new talent while holding onto most of their own A-grade players.
Despite losing Sunil Narine for personal reasons, the Renegades have covered well with Kieron Pollard and Brad Hodge among the long list of inclusions.
Aaron Finch looks to be the man to lead the Renegades to success once again with the opener being the second highest run scorer in BBL history with an average of 43.46. When he leaves for international duty late on in the season the Renegades look well suited to civer for him with Brad Hodge waiting in the wings to take over.
With many teams this season coming in with an inferior squad the Renegades should be able to take advantage and push for a top two finish.
2016/17 position: Runners Up
Sydney Sixers Squad:
Sean Abbott, Sam Billings, Jackson Bird, Johan Botha, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Jason Roy, Jordan Silk, Mitchell Starc, Henry Thornton.
Peter Nevill (Renegades), Henry Thornton
Sam Billings (England), Jason Roy (England)
The Sixers had a poor ending to last season, being crushed by 9 wickets in the final to the Perth Scorchers after putting in a very good tournament up until that point.
Usually a team that starts short in the market, the Sixers will be facing their toughest task this season as they go into BBL07 with one of their weakest line ups on paper. The retirements of Michael Lumb and Brad Haddin at the top of the order is going to leave a big hole in their batting line up and no Josh Hazlewood is going to hurt their bowling depth.
While there are definitely weaker squads set to line up, the Sixers have lost a lot of shine from theirs and look likely to slide.
2016/17 position: 8th
Sydney Thunder Squad:
Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Jos Buttler, Pat Cummins, Andrew Fekete, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Mitchell McClenaghan, Clint McKay, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Shane Watson
Jos Buttler (England), Andrew Fekete (Heat), Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ), Callum Ferguson (Renegades), Liam Hatcher
Jos Buttler (England), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand)
Sydney Thunder have been a very hit or miss team since the BBL began, with four last place finishes to go with their one Championship title.
The Thunder have made a number of changes heading into this season but without the services of Russell, Morgan or Brathwaite it is hard to see them making any great improvement on their disappointing BBL06 season. On a positive note England's Jos Buttler will come into the side, but will only be available for the first six matches.
After finishing bottom of the ladder last year and with a clearly weaker side this season it is hard to see them making finals.
2016/17 position: 6th
Adelaide Strikers Squad:
Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Jono Dean, Travis Head (c), Colin Ingram, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Rashid Khan, Michael Neser, Liam O’Connor, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells.
Colin Ingram (SAf), Rashid Khan (Afg), Peter Siddle (Renegades), Jonathan Wells (Hurricanes)
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Colin Ingram (South Africa)
A very disappointing off season for the Strikers with the men in blue losing a host of star talent. They will be without the services of Hodge, Dunk, Ludeman, Pollard, Richardson and Simmons from their team last year and haven't really brought in any A-grade talent to replace them.
With Travis Head failing to live up to his lofty standards he set in BBL05 it is hard to see where the Strikers match winners are going to come from and they look set for a long season.
2016/17 position: Semi Finals
Brisbane Heat Squad:
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Shadab Khan, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (c), Jimmy Peirson, Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee, Cameron Valente.
Max Bryant, Brendan Doggett, Shadab Khan, Matt Renshaw, Cameron Valente, Yasir Shah
Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
The Heat suffered a heartbreaking BBL06 season where they were knocked out via a super over in the semi final after finishing 2nd during the regular season.
Once again the Brisbane Heat are going to be relying heavily on their top 2 guns in Chris Lynn and Brendan McCullum. The pair are the most explosive duo in the competition and when they fire the Heat can beat any team in the world. Unfortunately for the Heat Chris Lynn has been battling a shoulder issue and even though he has declared himself fit for game one there has to be question marks over his fitness.
On a more positive note they will bring in young Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan to replace Samuel Badree. Coach Daniel Vettori has been very impressed by him and is expecting the teenager to have a big impact in BBL07.
2016/17 position: 7th
Hobart Hurricanes Squad:
George Bailey (c), Jofra Archer, James Bazley, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills, David Moody, Tim Paine, Jake Reed, Sam Rainbird, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade.
Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Tom Rogers, David Moody, Matt Wade.
Jofra Archer (West Indies), Tymal Mills (England)
One of the least successful teams in the BBL with just the two finals appearances in six seasons, the Hurricanes will go into BBL07 as the rank outsider with the bookies.
The Hurricanes have done the right thing and made a number of changes heading into this season. They have dumped internationals Kumar Sangakkara and Stuart Broad after disappointing efforts last year and have brought in a couple of players with a bit of ‘x factor’ instead. West Indian all rounder Jofra Archer comes into the squad after putting in a sensational season playing for Sussex in England. His Sussex teammate Tymal Mills will also join the Hurricanes this season. Both players bowl very fast and could cause some problems fpr opposition.
One of the major positives for the Hurricanes is they are umlikely to lose many, if any, players to international duty.
2016/17 position: Champions
Perth Scorchers Squad:
Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Voges (c), Sam Whiteman, David Willey
Cameron Green, Josh Inglis
David Willey (England)
Perth Scorchers are the most successful club in BBL history with three winning Championships to their name, as well as two runners up trophies.
With Ian Bell and James Muirhead the only omissions from the Scorchers squad who were successful in winning the championship last year there is no reason to suggest they won't defend their title. Unlike some other clubs they don't depend on big name internationals, with England all rounder David Willey being their only outside talent.
They will no doubt depend a lot on Michael Klinger at the top of the order again. The 37yo is the highest run scorer in BBL history and despite getting on in age you would expect him to be one of the leading runscorers again now that he is focusing solely on the short form of the game.
The Scorchers are a very well drilled team and full of T20 specialists, but there only problem might come late in the season with a number of players likely to be in the mix for international duty.