Big Bash clubs impacted by Australia selections
How today's squad announcements for Australia's one-day and Twenty20 teams affect the BBL|05 contenders
18 January 2016, 08:53 AM AEST
The Melbourne Stars will remain without a host of leading players as they seek their first KFC Big Bash League semi-final victory at the fifth attempt.
Allrounders and gun batsmen Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner plus key bowlers John Hastings and Scott Boland have all been included in the Australia squad for the final two Victoria Bitter One-Day Internationals against India, ruling them out of the BBL Finals.
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The Stars secured their fifth straight semi-finals appearance with a 52-run victory against the Perth Scorchers on Saturday evening, which earned them a home semi-final rematch with Perth on Friday evening.
In a jam-packed late January schedule, Australia play the fourth ODI against India on Wednesday night, January 20, with the two Big Bash semi-finals to follow on Thursday night in Adelaide, and Friday night at the MCG with Stars-Scorchers match up. The fifth and final ODI will be held at the SCG on Saturday night, and the Big Bash League Final will be held on Sunday night, January 24, with Adelaide Oval, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the WACA Ground all potential final venues.
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Perth have also been impacted by national duty, with brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh both in the one-day team.
However, the Scorchers will be able to welcome back pace bowler Joel Paris, who was omitted from the final two ODIs with the recall of off-spinner Nathan Lyon for the more spin friendly surfaces of Canberra and the SCG.
Perth bowler Andrew Tye, who has been a key component for the Scorchers, will remain with his BBL club for the duration of the finals series before linking up with Australia's T20 international squad.
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Tye was among a number of players rewarded for impressive Big Bash campaigns with a spot in a 17-man squad for Australia's three T20s against India, with selectors set to pick the World T20 squad from that group.
Of the other players named who remain in finals contention, Adelaide Strikers young gun Travis Head and Sydney Thunder veteran Shane Watson will both also remain with their BBL clubs for the duration of the finals series.
The Thunder, who face a waiting game to discover their final fate, will be at full strength if they sneak into the top four. Usman Khawaja has been released from the one-day squad with David Warner returning from paternity leave to rejoin a club desperate to give the retiring Michael Hussey a winning farewell.
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However, Adelaide will remain without bowler Kane Richardson, retained for the one-day team, while finals hopefuls the Melbourne Renegades will continue to be without key players Aaron Finch and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
The Renegades face a must-win clash against the Strikers at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium tonight to secure a spot in the final four. The Renegades must win by at least 38 runs if batting first or chase down Adelaide’s target within 15.3 overs to move ahead of Sydney Thunder on net run rate.
Big Bash Ins and Outs – How the finals contenders fare with Australia duty
Available: Travis Head (T20 squad)
Unavailable: Kane Richardson (ODI and T20 squads)
Unavailable: Scott Boland, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Glenn Maxwell (ODI and T20 squads)
Available: Andrew Tye (T20 squad), Joel Paris (released from ODI squad)
Unavailable: Shaun Marsh (ODI and T20 squad), Mitch Marsh (ODI squad)
Available: Usman Khawaja (released from ODI squad), Shane Watson (T20 squad)
Unavailable: Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade (ODI and T20 squad)