Prior to the BBL, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne renewed their contracts with the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat, respectively. They are among the Australian Test players who will be available after the South Africa series. The series is expected to conclude in early January.
The news is still encouraging for the tournament. This is because they are to lose a number of international players to the South African and UAE leagues. They will be starting in early January. Both were expected to continue their associations with the clubs having played in previous seasons when international commitments permitted.
If their clubs advance to the finals, both players should be available for the remaining six regular-season games as well as the finals.
Head was only able to participate in three games for the Strikers last season following his outstanding Ashes campaign. He won the Player of the Series award. While Labuschagne made just one appearance for the Heat, who failed to get to the finals.
Other Australian players are expected to confirm deals in the coming weeks, including the main offer to get David Warner back to Sydney Thunder. He had last played BBL in 2013 after he had been linked to the ILT20 in the UAE. Steven Smith is also set to rejoin the Sydney Sixers. He was controversially denied the opportunity to play in the finals of the previous season despite being available.
Mitchell Starc has already stated that he will take advantage of the opportunity to rest up before a busy Test schedule. The Test schedule will see Australia play nine matches from
late November to mid-March. It will include four matches against India, three against South Africa, and two each against the West Indies and the Caribbean. Josh Hazlewood and all-rounder Cameron Green’s participation in the competition is yet unknown. Test skipper Pat Cummins is anticipated to do the same course.
All of Australia’s white-ball-only players will be accessible for the entire tournament.
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