Scheduling conflicts due to an international summer of big cricket events dictates that the franchises of the Big Bash League do not always have their top XI available, but the action will still be entertaining in a way that only BBL can offer.
This is actually part of the appeal, as some of the overseas players will be available at some times and not at others.
For the Adelaide Strikers Captain Travis Head likely will be around for the first half of the 2017 – 2018 BBL fixture, but he will miss the second half to play for Australia’s limited overs squad. Colin Ingram may be the star of the Adelaide Oval this summer.
The Brisbane Heat is well stocked with batsmen. Chris Lunn will be missing for international ODI play. Ben Cutting might move up one slot to seventh, which would give the Heat a chance to bolster its bowling ranks.
The Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, seem to have a surplus of wicketkeepers. Tim Paine should be available once he finishes up his Test duties. Captain George Bailey would go from batting third to fourth to make room for Paine at two. Spectators will enjoy watching Tymal Mills for his sheer pace.
Melbourne Renegades will lose Aaron Finch to ODI duties and will probably have Cameron White standing in as captain. Chris Tremain could squeeze into the lineup as a bowler for games away from Etihad.
The Melbourne Stars is deep with talent, but they could lose as many as five players to Australia for January. The Stars have plenty of all-rounders.
The Perch Scorchers will miss Mitch Marsh now that he is with the national XI, but he may be back after the Sydney Test. Injuries could prove decisive for the Scorchers this season.
For the Sydney Sixers, they will be missing Jackson Bird from the start of the season as he takes over for Mitchell Starc. Sam Billings and Jason Roy will depart for England’s ODI squad after the first half of the BBL tournament.
The Sydney Thunder will not get much service form Test paceman Pat Cummins. Wicketkeeper Jos Butler will be with England’s limited overs team come January.