International availability: When to select key imports

Last year's SuperCoach champion Thommo Aitken breaks down the availability of the Big Bash international contingent.

Pre Season

The schedule not only in the BBL but also international cricket is a vital asset to use and navigate your way through in order to achieve success in your BBL SuperCoach season.

Listed below are some major fixtures including international players and local Australian players which is likely to have some sort of impact on BBL teams.

For the purposes of this article, Australian players selected in the ODI and T20 squad have not be included in our list.

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With the final game on December 8 it is thought at this stage players not involved in the extended Australia or Australia A squads can return to their BBL franchises and be available for the first round of matches starting on December 10.

Players may be released from these squads if not selected in the final teams, but this is yet to be confirmed.

This is good news for the prospects of players such as Daniel Sams, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa.

International games to monitor

South Africa vs England

T20s on November 28, 29 and December 2

ODIs on December 4, 9 and 9

Australia vs India

ODIs on November 27, 29 and December 2

T20s on December 4, 6 and 8

Test Series on December 17 to 21, December 26 to 30, January 7 to 11, January 15 to 19

New Zealand vs West Indies

T20s on November 27, November 29 and November 30

Test Series on December 3 to 7, December 11 to 15

Australia A vs India

Games are on December 6 to 9, December 11 to 13

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Adelaide Strikers  
Alex Carey (Australia A)Will likely miss the opening game, but remains a chance.
Danny Briggs (England)   Should be available the whole tournament.  
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)   Likely to be available for the whole tournament, even though Afghanistan play Ireland during BBL time in January.  
Phil Salt (England)   Should be available the whole tournament.  
Matt Renshaw (Australia A)   Will likely miss the opening game, but remains a chance.
Travis Head (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Michael Neser (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Harry Conway (Australia A)   Will likely miss the opening game, but remains a chance. although selection is an issue.
Brisbane Heat  
Tom Banton (England)   Will join the Heat later on in the BBL after England’s tour of South Africa.
Joe Burns (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)   Unlikely to play in the BBL until the very end.  
Mujeeb ur Rahman (Afghanistan)   Likely to be available for the whole tournament, even though Afghanistan play Ireland during BBL time in January.  
Mark Steketee (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.
Mitchell Swepson (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Dan Lawrence (England)   Will start the tournament and then will be replaced by Banton when he arrives.   
Lewis Gregory (England)   Has been selected as a part of the England tour to South Africa so do not consider him for the opening few rounds.  

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Hobart Hurricanes  
Matthew Wade  Unlikely to play in the BBL until the very end.  
Colin Ingram (South Africa)   Starting the tournament as a replacement for Dawid Malan.  
Dawid Malan (England)   The dangerous batsman will join the Hurricanes after his duties for England. Only selected in the T20 team at the moment but given they have signed Ingram as back up he looks likely to arrive with the other English contingent you would assume.  
Will Jacks The young all-rounder will be available for the whole tournament.  
Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal)   The recruit for the Hobart Hurricanes will join up with his new teammates from January.  
Keemo Paul (West Indies)   In both the T20 and Test squad for West Indies so won’t arrive till after December 16. Looks like it will be a very short stay before he heads away to Bangladesh early in the new year for more West Indies duties.  
Tim Paine (Australia and Australia A)   Unlikely to play in the BBL until the very end.  
Melbourne Renegades  
James Pattinson (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)   The 15-year-old spinner will start the tournament and then by replaced by Imran Tahir.  
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)   The all-rounder should be here for the whole tournament even though Afghanistan play Ireland during BBL time in January  
Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)   The South African batsman will be here for the whole tournament.
Will Sutherland (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.  
Imran Tahir (South Africa)   Will be available for the Renegades after Christmas and replace Noor Ahmad.
Marcus Harris (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.
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Melbourne Stars
Nic Maddinson (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.  
Jonny Bairstow (England)   In the England touring party to South Africa so won’t arrive till later on in the tournament.  
Zahir Khan (Afghanistan)   Will be here to start the tournament and looks likely to play the whole tournament even though Afghanistan play Ireland in January.  
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)   Included in only the T20 squad, not officially named in the red ball squad. However he has confirmed he won’t begin his six game stint until December 26.  
Will Pucovski (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Perth Scorchers
Mitchell Marsh (Australia A)   Will bypass the Australia A fixtures and is aiming for the Scorchers opening game.
Ashton Agar (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.  
Joe Clarke (England)   Will play the first bit of the season before being replaced.
Cameron Green (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Liam Livingstone (England)   Don’t start with the English player who is returning for another season with the Scorchers. He will arrive later due to international duty.  
Colin Munro (NZ)   Will be available for the whole BBL season after opting to play BBL rather than in the NZ Super Smash Comp.  
Jason Roy (England)   Will miss the first few games of the season with England duty.  
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Sydney Sixers  
Moises Henriques (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.  
  Sean Abbott (Australia and Australia A)   Will have his availability impacted by selection in the two squads.  
Carlos Braithwaite (West Indies)   Should play the whole tournament.  
Tom Curran (England)   Appears in lots of team at the moment but looks likely to play after Christmas when finished with the England squad.  
James Vince (England)   Will feature for the entire tournament.  
Nathan Lyon (Australia)   Picked in the Test squad and unlikely to feature for the Sixers until the business end.  
Mitchell Starc (Australia)   Picked in the Test squad and unlikely to feature for the Sixers until the business end.  
Jackson Bird (Australia A)   Potentially could miss the opening round of fixtures.  
Jason HolderWill make a three game cameo from December 20-29
Sydney Thunder  
Sam Billings (England)   Selected in the England squad for South Africa and won’t join till later on in the tournament.
Alex Hales (England)   Should play the entire tournament
Adam Milne (NZ)   Will be available for the whole BBL season after opting to play BBL rather than in the NZ Super Smash Comp.  

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