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Shaun Marsh has been added to the Melbourne Renegades 15-player squad to face the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

Marsh will face a fitness test before returning from a hamstring injury sustained earlier this month.

Kane Richardson has been ruled out after pulling up sore from the game in Canberra and will miss the Perth trip.

The match will be Aaron Finch’s 100th Big Bash League match and will become the first Renegades player to play 100 matches for the club.

Finch made his Renegades debut in BBL|01 and has scored 3,096 runs (second overall in BBL history) across his 99 matches including two centuries and 24 fifties.

After previously being named as a replacement player for Shaun Marsh, Fawad Ahmed has been approved as an injury replacement player for Nic Maddinson.

Squad:
Aaron Finch (c)
Fawad Ahmed
Matt Critchley (ENG)
Jake Fraser-McGurk
Martin Guptill (NZ)
Sam Harper
Mackenzie Harvey
Ruwantha Kellapotha (SL)
Shaun Marsh
David Moody
Jack Prestwidge
Corey Rocchiccioli
Tom Rogers
Will Sutherland
Jon Wells

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Upcoming Matches:
Sunday, 22 January
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades
Optus Stadium, Perth, 7.15pm AEDT
Live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket & Kayo

Tuesday, 24 January
Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers
Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm AEDT
Live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket
 

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Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is in line to return for the KFC Big Bash League clash against Melbourne Renegades tomorrow, after being named in Perth’s extended squad.

The veteran left-armer, who was rested for the Scorchers’ trip to Adelaide, has taken the second-most wickets for Perth this season with 17 scalps at 17.35, conceding just 6.86 runs per over.

Batter Chris Sabburg also returns to the fold, adding depth to the extended squad that triumphed over Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets at Adelaide Oval yesterday.

A win versus the Renegades would secure Perth the minor premiership and hosting rights for The Qualifier against Sydney Sixers on Saturday 28 January.

Tomorrow's contest is also Perth's Members Appreciation Match, celebrating the supporters who continue to stick by the Club as it gears up for an enormous finals campaign.

Players will mingle alongside Perth Scorchers and WACA Members during pre-game and post-game events, with the Club having surpassed 10,000 Perth Scorchers Members earlier in BBL|12.

The game, broadcast live on CH7 and Fox, begins at 4:15PM, WST.
Perth Scorchers squad for Game 14

Ashton Turner (C)
Ashton Agar
Cameron Bancroft
Jason Behrendorff
Cooper Connolly
Stephen Eskinazi (International – England)
David Payne (International – England)
Aaron Hardie
Peter Hatzoglou
Nick Hobson
Josh Inglis (VC)
Matt Kelly
Lance Morris
Chris Sabburg
Andrew Tye

UPCOMING PERTH SCORCHERS MATCHES:

BBL|12 – Game 14 (Members Appreciation match)
Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades

Sunday 22 January, first ball 4:15PM WST
Optus Stadium, Perth
LIVE:CH7, Foxtel, Kayo

BBL|12 – The Qualifier
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

Saturday 28 January, 4:15PM WST
Venue TBC
LIVE:CH7, Foxtel, Kayo
 

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The Hobart Hurricanes have named a squad of 16 for tomorrow's clash against the Sydney Sixers in Hobart.

Asif Ali (o/s)
Tom Andrews
Faheem Ashraf (o/s)
Zak Crawley (o/s)
Tim David
Paddy Dooley
Nathan Ellis (vc)
Caleb Jewell
Ben McDermott (vc)
Riley Meredith
Mitch Owen
Joel Paris
Wil Parker
D'Arcy Short
Chris Tremain
Matthew Wade (c)

Chris Tremain is an addition to the squad from the team that played in Perth and Brisbane. Is selected in the final XI, Tremain will make his Hurricanes debut.
 

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Kane Richardson has been added to the Melbourne Renegades 16-player squad to face the Adelaide Strikers in their final regular season match.

Richardson missed the match in Perth through soreness and is the only change to an extended squad due to the short turnaround travelling from Perth.

A win against the Strikers would secure the Renegades a finals spot.

Squad:
Aaron Finch (c)
Fawad Ahmed
Matt Critchley (ENG)
Jake Fraser-McGurk
Martin Guptill (NZ)
Sam Harper
Mackenzie Harvey
Ruwantha Kellapotha (SL)
Shaun Marsh
David Moody
Jack Prestwidge
Kane Richardson
Corey Rocchiccioli
Tom Rogers
Will Sutherland
Jon Wells

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Upcoming Matches:

Tuesday, 24 January
Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers
Marvel Stadium, 7.15pm AEDT
Live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket & Kayo
 

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The Adelaide Strikers are taking a 13-man squad to Melbourne ahead of their do-or-die clash against the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday.

It is Adelaide’s last match of the BBL|12 minor round and the Strikers must win to give themselves a chance of making the finals beginning on Friday.

Ryan Gibson has been added to the squad following Friday’s First Nations Round Match at Adelaide Oval.

Ben Manenti is out of the squad after rolling his ankle and Thomas Kelly has been omitted.

Strikers Squad: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey (wk), Harry Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head (c), Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Henry Thornton

Strikers vice-captain Peter Siddle spoke at Adelaide Airport on Tuesday morning and said the players understood their season rests on the result of Tuesday’s match.

“It makes it exciting, yes there’s a lot of pressure there, but what have we got to lose?” Siddle said.

“We’ll just go out there, have fun, play to win and see where we end up.

“We know what we need to do now, hopefully we get there and do the business.”

The match against the Renegades will be broadcast live on Channel 7 Adelaide, Foxtel and Kayo Sports, with the first ball at 6:45pm ACDT.
 

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The Melbourne Stars have named a squad of 15 players for the match against the Sydney Thunder at the MCG tomorrow night.


Squad vs Thunder
Adam Zampa (Captain)
Hilton Cartwright
Joe Clarke (ENG)
Brody Couch
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Liam Hatcher
Clint Hinchliffe
Campbell Kellaway
Nick Larkin
Tom O'Connell
Tom Rogers
James Seymour
Marcus Stoinis
Beau Webster
Luke Wood (ENG)
Upcoming Matches:
Wednesday, 25th January

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder
MCG, Melbourne, 7:15pm AEDT
Live on Channel 7, Kayo, Fox Cricket and SEN RadioTickets to all BBL|12 matches are available here.
Melbourne Stars memberships for BBL|12 are on sale now. Click here for membership options.BBL|12 squad: Trent Boult (NZ), Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (ENG), Brody Couch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Campbell Kellaway, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Cam McClure, Tom O'Connell, Tom Rogers, James Seymour, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Luke Wood (ENG), Adam Zampa
 

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The Hobart Hurricanes have named a squad of 16 for tomorrow's clash against the Brisbane Heat in Hobart:

Asif Ali (o/s)
Tom Andrews
Faheem Ashraf (o/s)
Zak Crawley (o/s)
Tim David
Paddy Dooley
Nathan Ellis (vc)
Caleb Jewell
Ben McDermott (vc)
Riley Meredith
Mitch Owen
Joel Paris
Wil Parker
D'Arcy Short
Matthew Wade (c)
Mac Wright

Mac Wright comes into the squad for the first time this season, in place of Chris Tremain
 

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The Brisbane Heat has added left-handed batsman Sam Heazlett to its squad for tomorrow’s vital KFC Big Bash League clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at UTAS Stadium in Launceston.

Heazlett’s addition means Brisbane will have a squad of 15 to choose from ahead of tomorrow’s day game, the club’s last regular season match ahead of the Finals series.
If chosen in the starting side, it will be his first game in KFC BBL|12 after being hampered by back soreness earlier in the campaign.
Heazlett has played 48 career games for the Heat.
Brisbane, currently third, will make the top five off the back of a four-game winning streak, but its final finishing position will not be known until after the final regular season game tomorrow night between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder.
The Heat will play at UTAS Stadium for the first time in the BBL, although the club’s WBBL team has previously played at the venue.
The match starts at 12.40pm Qld time and will be broadcast on Channel 7 and FOX Cricket and streamed on Kayo.
KFC Big Bash League
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, UTAS Stadium, Launceston
Tomorrow, 12.40pm start (Qld time).
18. Usman Khawaja (c)
19. Xavier Bartlett
7. James Bazley
98. Josh Brown
17. Max Bryant
61. Sam Hain (International Replacement)
5. Sam Heazlett
45. Spencer Johnson
30. Matt Kuhnemann
33. Marnus Labuschagne
20. Michael Neser
59. Jimmy Peirson
77. Matthew Renshaw
16. Mark Steketee
4. Mitch Swepson
 

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Sydney Thunder has named Jason Sangha in its 16-player squad for tomorrow’s KFC Big Bash League match against the Melbourne Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting at 7.15pm.

The return of Sangha – who needed an operation after he broke his collarbone against Melbourne Renegades early in the season – provides the Trevor Bayliss-coached squad with a huge boost.

While Thunder won the opening game of the season against Stars – courtesy of a big six by tailender Gurinder Sandhu in the dying stages of the match – Acting Captain Chris Green acknowledged his team faced a tough test against a team with nothing to lose.

“They’re incredibly dangerous,” said Green of his opponents. “They have that freedom to play; everything to play for - and want to finish on a high.

"It’s their last game, so I’m sure for their fans they’ll come out wanting to finish on a high note. Particularly after [Thunder] winning that first game in Canberra . . . I’m sure they’ll want to get one back.

Green on Thunder’s season and the BBL’s ‘underdogs tag

“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster season. Some our performances have been really good at times, and really poor at times. [We’ve] probably lacked a bit of consistency which we’ve had in previous years.

“But if we win [on Wednesday] we’re a massive chance at playing Knock Out and defeating some of the top teams.

“We like a bit of underdog status. When the chips are down a lot of players tend to stand up, and that’s certainly going to be the message, and the hope, for Wednesday as well: if you get the opportunity with bat or ball to win the game for your team, grab it with both hands!"

Green on Thunder’s Finals hopes

“The last game of the tournament has come around very quickly, and the nice thing is we’re in a position where we control our own destiny. If we win, we’re definitely ‘in’ and can get as high as third.

"Results have gone our way prior to this game, so, we’re always in with a hunt.
“If we can get into that finals and play our brand of our cricket, we can be a dangerous side to play against.”

Green on Thunder’s last outing against Sydney Sixers

“It’s not a time to kick the can, drag the feet, or dwell on it too much. Sure, we were disappointed to put on a showing as we did – and we were completely outplayed by Steve Smith and the Sixers as well.

"But [my suggestion is] not to over think it and to look forward to this opportunity at the MCG; it’s almost a mini knock out game.”

Green on his season’s form

“It’s nice to be contributing regularly to the team, and I’m feeling really good with the ball in hand; bat in hand, and when that opportunity comes.

“My main focus is to stay consistent and to contribute to the team’s success on Wednesday night.”


Squad for Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars
Ben Cutting, Joel Davies, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Chris Green (c), Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Blake Nikitaras, Ross Pawson, Usman Qadir, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, David Warner, Sam Whiteman.

Sydney Thunder-Melbourne Stars is set to begin at 7.15pm (AEDT) and will be broadcast live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo.
 

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Big Bash League contracts: The players up for grabs at every team
Ahead of a mooted all-player draft we run the rule over every player coming off contract at every team tipping those that will stay and those that could be on the move.
Ben Horne and Tim Michell

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January 25, 2023 - 4:00PM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Short and Mitchell Swepson headline a host of stars coming off-contract, as the Big Bash considers moving to an all-player draft.

In what could potentially be the biggest shake-up in BBL history, powerbrokers are considering the introduction of a draft to include Australian players as well as overseas stars, but even if that change isn’t made, there is still the prospect for some fascinating player movement this off-season.

Defending champions and favourites for this year’s title, The Perth Scorchers are the most vulnerable with nine players off-contract, including captain Ashton Turner and stars Andrew Tye and Cameron Bancroft.

Alternatively, the Sydney Thunder, who have been bowled out for 15 and 62 this season, have just four players coming off contract, and are therefore going to have to turn the ship around with virtually the same squad.

Which off contract Big Bash stars could make the move?

Next year’s Test schedule against the West Indies will make it difficult for Test stars to play much Big Bash, but Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne are off contract should a rival team want to make a play.

Adelaide Strikers could be the team most vulnerable to poachers, after the emergence of Matthew Short as the competition’s leading run-scorer and gun-for-hire Lynn proving he still has plenty left to offer as a run-scoring machine.

Hobart Hurricanes’ breakout spinner Patrick Dooley and Australian international Nathan Ellis will also require big upgrades if they’re to stay in Tasmania.

Any player draft would almost certainly include a loyalty clause where teams would get first dibs at long-serving stars – but there’s still plenty of scope for mass movement in the coming months.

Here are your off-contract players for 2023, club by club:

ADELAIDE STRIKERS
Harry Conway
Ryan Gibson
Chris Lynn
Harry Nielsen
Matt Short
Peter Siddle

Lynn has been a revelation at the Strikers, but only signed a one-year deal since switching from the Brisbane Heat. Before this season, the Strikers were the only club interested, but that’s likely to change after his return to form this summer. Victorian Matt Short is the Big Bash’s leading run-scorer and will be vulnerable to a raid, especially from the Melbourne clubs. Short previously had a stint at the Renegades but was only a bit player before blossoming in Adelaide when given an opportunity by coach, Jason Gillespie. Veteran Peter Siddle would be a handy addition at any club.

BRISBANE HEAT
Xavier Bartlett
James Bazley
Sam Heazlett
Matthew Kuhnemann
Marnus Labuschagne
Mitchell Swepson
Jack Wildermuth

Will the Brisbane Heat be able to retain both of their gun spinners Matthew Kuhnemann and Mitchell Swepson? Kuhnemann played 13 games this season as the first-choice spinner, and Swepson was squeezed out and the Heat only wanted to play one spinner. Perhaps there could be greener pastures elsewhere for the Australian Test leg-spinner. The Heat have had another up and down season and with seven players coming off contract, do have an opportunity to change the core of their line-up depending on how radical they want to get. Jack Wildermuth and Sam Heazlett have gone from important players to out of favour this summer. Heazlett would fit a team like the Strikers who are crying out for middle-order experience.

HOBART HURRICANES
Patrick Dooley
Nathan Ellis
Joel Paris
Will Parker
D’Arcy Short
Chris Tremain
Macalister Wright

With Ricky Ponting calling the shots at the list table, the Hurricanes won’t be idle in doing what’s required to improve their squad. Leg-sinner Patrick Dooley will be a priority retention after his breakout season, as will the signature of Australian international Nathan Ellis who is consistently one of the best bowlers in the Big Bash. There’s been interest in D’Arcy Short from elsewhere and after spending time down the order this summer, perhaps the Hurricanes wouldn’t fight too hard to keep him.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES
Zak Evans
Aaron Finch
Jake Fraser-McGurk
Marcus Harris
Jack Prestwidge
Corey Rocchiccioli
Will Sutherland

It’s hard to imagine captain Aaron Finch going anywhere else but he will be warranting a major pay rise given the precedent set by CA’s mega contracts to David Warner and Steve Smith. Finch is likely to come off the Australian contract list but has proven this season he’s still one of the best players in the Big Bash. Will Sutherland is one of the most promising up-and-coming players in Australian cricket and the Renegades can’t afford to lose his all-round ability. Sutherland is exactly the type of player the Melbourne Stars need, having had precious few death bowling options this season. Marcus Stoinis has hardly bowled for four Big Bash seasons now. Could the Stars try to pull one over their crosstown rivals after Sutherland’s breakout summer? The promise of a promotion to bat at No. 5 or 6 might help.

MELBOURNE STARS
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Sam Elliot
Liam Hatcher
Clinton Hinchcliffe
Campbell Kellaway
Cameron McClure
Tom O’Connell

Another disappointing year for the Melbourne Stars which has been largely impacted by the absence of Glenn Maxwell. With seven players coming off contract, the Stars do have the opportunity to reshape their list and it might be time to do so. Nathan Coulter-Nile took 15 wickets in 10 matches but at 35 years of age is only a season-by-season proposition due to his injury history. Rival clubs might fancy snaring the former Australian World Cup international for a season.

PERTH SCORCHERS
Cameron Bancroft
Jason Behrendorff
Cooper Connolly
Cameron Green
Peter Hatzoglou
Matthew Kelly
Lance Morris
Ashton Turner
Andrew Tye

Like the Sydney Sixers, there is a tremendous amount of club-player loyalty in the west and they don’t lose many stars they want to keep. But with nine players coming off-contract at the same time, the Scorchers may not be able to keep everyone happy under the salary cap. The players coming off are all crucial members of the line-up and rival clubs will sense a big opportunity to strike. It’s hard to see Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner and Andrew Tye playing for another franchise, but who knows, especially if the Big Bash does shift to a draft. Lance Morris has previously had a stint at the Melbourne Stars, Peter Hatzoglou has also played elsewhere, while Cooper Connolly is one of the best young players in Australian cricket and might get better opportunities elsewhere given how hard the Scorchers XI is to break into.

SYDNEY SIXERS
Jackson Bird
Moises Henriques
Nathan Lyon
Stephen O’Keefe
Jordan Silk

The advantage the Sydney Sixers have is Moises Henriques and Steve O’Keefe almost certainly wouldn’t play for another franchise and Sixers senior players’ have previously taken pay cuts to allow the club to keep the team together. Nathan Lyon is an interesting one because with Todd Murphy’s presence on the Sixers list, The Goat isn’t necessarily guaranteed to make the XI. That said, Test cricketers won’t play much if any Big Bash next summer anyway and Lyon is a long-term servant the Sixers would want to stay loyal to.

SYDNEY THUNDER
Ben Cutting
Brendan Doggett
Baxter Holt
Sam Whiteman

All-rounder Ben Cutting might be past his prime, but his ability with bat and ball is an asset to any side and he could be an attractive prospect for rival teams. Brendan Doggett has had a solid season with the ball. The Thunder need more experience on their list and should be looking to make some moves even if opportunities are limited with only four players off-contract. After some embarrassing collapses with the bat this summer, and the fact David Warner won’t be able to play much if any Big Bash next year – the Thunder need to be in the market for batsmen.
 
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