The announcement of Australia’s one-day squad on Friday will have a flow-on effect on all eight KFC BBL franchises as they enter a crucial phase of the competition.
The 14 players in the ODI squad will gather in Sydney on January 8 and be unavailable for BBL duty between that date and the end of the ODIs, which finish on January 18.
Australia’s Test-only players could be available for BBL duty during the ODIs, but those players will be handled on a player-by-player and club-by-club basis.
Australia’s Test quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have all been rested, meaning Cummins won’t be available to play for Sydney Thunder during the ODIs.
We take a look at how each club will be effected, with the matches listed those to be played on January 8-18.
Jan 11 v Stars (Home), Jan 13 v Thunder (Away)
The Strikers would have been expecting to lose Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake during the ODI series, but they wouldn’t have been prepared to be without veteran quick Peter Siddle as well. Siddle’s shock call-up has been off-set by the surprise ODI axing of skipper Travis Head, who should be available for their games against the Stars and Thunder before re-joining Australia’s Test squad. Opener Jake Weatherald was also an outside chance of an ODI call-up, but he’ll be available as well.
Jan 8 v Thunder (Away), Jan 10 v Renegades (Home), Jan 13 v Renegades (Away), Jan 17 v Thunder (Home)
Heat skipper Chris Lynn will no doubt be disappointed by his ODI axing, but his absence is good news for the Heat, who will have their star player for four matches during the ODI series. The winless Brisbane side should also welcome back Marnus Labuschagne from Test duty and have a full squad to choose from for a crucial run of matches.
Jan 14 v Stars (Away), Jan 18 v Scorchers (Away)
As the only undefeated team in the tournament, the Hurricanes have received a further boost after D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott were dropped from the one-day squad. The Canes may also have Test skipper Tim Paine back before he leaves again for the Tests against Sri Lanka, while they are yet to settle on an overseas replacement for injured English quick Tymal Mills.
Jan 10 v Heat (Away), Jan 13 v Heat (Home), Jan 16 v Sixers (Away)
Aaron Finch’s return to the red of the Renegades will be brief, with the one-day skipper to play the Hurricanes on January 7 before linking up with the ODI squad. The Renegades should also have Test opener Marcus Harris back while paceman Kane Richardson’s ODI absence is more good news for the red half of Melbourne. They are scheduled to lose Pakistani quick Usman Shinwari after their game against the Heat on January 10, with English quick Harry Gurney to replace him.
Jan 9 v Scorchers (Home), Jan 11 v Strikers (Away), Jan 14 v Hurricanes (Home)
The hardest hit by the ODI squad, the Stars will be without three of their best batsmen – Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb – as well as their star spinner Adam Zampa. Nepalese leggie Sandeep Lamichhane has already departed as planned and will be replaced by England quick Liam Plunkett, while the potential return to Nic Maddinson from injury will be a welcome boost for a side that needs some luck. The identity of their captain in the absence of both Maxwell and Handscomb is also unclear.
Jan 9 v Stars (Away), Jan 13 v Sixers (Home), Jan 18 v Hurricanes (Home)
The Scorchers have also been hit hard by ODI squad selection, with both Marsh brothers absent as well as fast bowlers Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff. Nathan Coulter-Nile is not considered fit enough for 50-over cricket due to back soreness, but he’s been cleared to continue playing T20 cricket, which is good news for the Scorchers. Ashton Agar, AJ Tye and even Ashton Turner would have been considered for ODI duty, but they’ll remain with Perth franchise as they look to spark a winning run of form.
Jan 13 v Scorchers (Away), Jan 16 v Renegades (Home)
It’s business as usual for the Sixers, who have not lost any players other than spinner Nathan Lyon, who’s yet to play for them so far this season due to Test duty. The off-spinner would have been a handy inclusion between Tests, but his recall for the ODIs against India mean the Sixers will have to do without him.
Jan 8 v Heat (Home), Jan 13 v Strikers (Home), Jan 17 v Heat (Away)
Usman Khawaja’s ODI recall is a blow to the Thunder, who would have fancied their chances of the left-hander being available for three crucial games between Test campaigns. The Thunder will also lose English pair Jos Buttler and Joe Root after their game against the Heat on January 8, with Kiwi big-hitter Anton Devcich and England allrounder Chris Jordan to replace them as of their clash with the Strikers on January 13. Fast bowler Pat Cummins has been rested and will also be unavailable.