Big Bash League Teams and Players
We look at the eight teams that compete in the Big Bash League and their squads during the league’s 10th season of 2020-21. Though many players were expected to skip the competition owing to the pandemic, the tournament was an unqualified success, with every team well represented by domestic and overseas players.
How the Teams and Players Did in Season 10
The league title was won by defending champions Sydney Sixers who beat Perth Scorchers in the final on 6 February. Earlier, Sydney Sixers topped the league table with 9 wins in 14 games. Perth Scorchers finished second, while Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers came third, fourth and fifth respectively to qualify for the playoffs.
In the Eliminator held on 29 January, Brisbane Heat beat Adelaide Strikers to qualify for the Knockout. Batting first, Strikers scored 130/7. Marnus Labuschagne was Heat’s most successful bowler, taking 3/13 in 3 overs. Heat chased down the target with 6 wickets and 7 balls to spare — Jimmy Peirson led the way with an unbeaten 47.
On 30 January, Perth Scorchers met Sydney Sixers in the first Qualifier. Batting first, they scored 167/6. James Vince scored an unbeaten 98 off 53 balls to help Sixers reach the target with 9 wickets and 3 overs to spare.
On 31 January, Sydney Thunder batted first in the Knockout against Brisbane Heat and made 158/8. Heat reached the target in 19.1 overs. Sam Heazlett starred for Heat with an unbeaten 74 off 49 balls.
On 4 February, Scorchers batted first in the Challenger against Brisbane Heat. Opener Liam Livingstone scored 77 off 39 balls to help Scorchers post a score of 189/1. In reply, Heat could manage only 150/9 in 18 overs, enabling Scorchers to win by 49 runs (DLS method).
In the final, Perth Scorchers won the toss and elected to field. Batting first, Sixers made a score of 188/6 thanks to a brilliant 95 by James Vince. Scorchers were restricted to 161/9, making Sixers the winners by 27 runs. Thus, Sixers managed to put up a successful defence of the title they had won in Season 9 and became champions for the third time.
BBL Teams & Squads
The following were the BBL teams and squads for the 2020-21 season that ran from 10 December to 6 February.
Strikers fielded the following eleven in the Eliminator against Brisbane Heat on 29 January 2021: Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald, Travis Head (c), Phil Salt, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Michael Neser, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Lian O’Connor, Peter Siddle.
The following were their reserve players: Cameron White (batsman); Harry Nielsen (wicket-keeper); Matt Short, Jake Lehmann and Cameron Valente (all-rounders); Nick Winter, Daniel Worrall, Harvey Conway, Rashid Khan (bowlers).
The following eleven players featured in Brisbane Heat’s team against Perth Scorchers in the Challenger played on 4 February 2021: Chris Lynn (c), Joe Denly, Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Xavier Bartlett, Mitchell Swepson, Morne Morkel, Ben Laughlin.
Their list of reserve players included: Tom Cooper and Max Bryant (batsmen); Tom Banton (wicket-keeper); Dan Lawrence and Jack Wildermuth (all-rounders); Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mitch Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann and James Bazely (bowlers).
In their last league game against Melbourne Renegades on 26 January 2021, Hurricanes added the following players to their eleven: Matthew Wade (c and wk), D’arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Dawid Malan, Will Jacks, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
The reserve players included: Colin Ingram and Mac Wright (batsmen); Jake Doran (wicket-keeper); James Faulkner (all-rounder); Jarrod Freeman, Nic Winter, David Moody (bowlers).
The following players appeared for Renegades in their last league game against Hobart Hurricanes: Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (c), Sam Harper (wk), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Beau Webster, Imad Wasim, Jack Prestwidge, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans, Peter Hafzoglou.
Renegades had the following reserve players: Marcus Harris and Rilee Roussouw (batsmen); Md Nabi (all-rounder); James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Jon Holland, Josh Lalor, Imran Tahir, Noor Ahmed, Cameron Boyce (bowlers).
In their last league match against Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars had the services of the following eleven players: Marcus Stoinis, Seb Gotch (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan.
Stars also had the following reserve players to back up the main eleven: Clint Hinchliffe and Will Pucovski (batsmen); Jonny Bairstow and Ben Dunk (wicket-keepers); Jonathan Merlo, Jackson Coleman, Lance Morris, and Tom O’Connell (bowlers).
The following eleven did duty for Perth Scorchers in the final against Sydney Sixers in Season 10: Cameron Bancroft, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff and Fawad Ahmed.
Scorchers’ reserve list of players included the following: Jason Roy, Kurtis Patterson and Sam Whiteman (batsmen); Cameron Green (all-rounder); Joel Paris, Matthew Kelly and Joe Clarke (bowlers).
The following players helped Sixers to a successful defence of their title in BBL Season 10: Josh Phillippe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarhuis, Steve O’Keefe and Jackson Bird.
Sixers had the following reserve players: Jack Edwards (batsman), Hayden Kerr and Tom Curran (all-rounders); Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Lloyd Pope and Mickey Edwards (bowlers).
The following players represented Thunder in their knockout against Brisbane Heat on 31 January: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniels Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, dam Milne, Brendan Doggett, Tanveer Sangha.
Thunder also had the following reserve players: Jason Sangha (batsman); Matthew Gilkes (wicket-keeper); Oliver Davies and Arjun Nair (all-rounders); Chris Tremain and Jonathan Cook (bowlers).
Before the tournament began, there had been fears that many players would fail to turn up owing to the pandemic. However, as things transpired, most teams played at full strength and the BBL season turned out to be an unqualified success.
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