Old and new faces named for BBL|08
A pair of youngsters and a veteran quick have been unveiled ahead of the summer
22 November 2018, 09:46 AM AEST
Paceman Jackson Bird is returning to his old stomping ground for BBL|08 while a pair of the country's most exiting young talents have penned deals.
Bird is heading back to the Melbourne Stars having spent the past three seasons playing for the Sixers in his hometown of Sydney.
The 31-year-old, who is a foundation member of the Stars, has played 24 for matches for Melbourne and can't wait to return to the MCG this summer.
"I couldn’t be happier to be joining the Melbourne Stars again this season, and what better way to return to the MCG in green than at a New Year’s Day Melbourne Derby - hopefully all the Stars fans will get behind me and the boys," Bird said.
"I want to thank the Sydney Sixers for my time there, it gave me a chance to be at home with my family for the past few summers.
"But I’m thrilled to be back where Big Bash started for me, the Stars feels like family and I’m looking forward to reuniting on December 11."
The Stars have also recruited former Australia ODI quick Clint McKay for a role in the coaching department, replacing Stars legend David Hussey.
While Bird is a KFC Big Bash League veteran, youngster Jason Sangha is yet to play in the tournament.
The 19-year-old will get his chance this summer after the Thunder confirmed today they'd signed the stylish batter to a three-year deal.
Sangha scored his maiden JLT Sheffield Shield century this summer for NSW and captained his country at the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Sangha was a Thunder Community Rookie in 2016-17 and will have the opportunity to play alongside England internationals Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
"I was a Sydney Thunder supporter from when they first came out," Sangha said. "I had the great privilege to be the rookie a couple of years ago and now to get the opportunity to be in the Thunder squad is so exciting.
"With all the great guys we’ve got in the squad, I’m really looking forward to it.
"I’ve been really lucky in my couple years at the Thunder as a rookie we’ve had some really great guys come to the squad.
"I can’t wait to see Joe Root and Jos Buttler, I’ve grown up watching these guys and they’re my idols.
"I can’t wait to pick their brains about how to bat and hopefully I can try and bat like them."
Meanwhile, speedster Aaron Summers has inked a deal with the Hobart Hurricanes having had a taste of the BBL last season.
The express quick played one game for the Hurricanes and aims to help Hobart take out their maiden BBL title having lost in the final last year.
"It was awesome to have a taste of the Big Bash last year and I'm confident we can go one further this year," said Summers.
"On a personal level, I'm hoping to play more of a role this season but I'm very excited and confident in the squad we have."
Current squad: Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo (WI), Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (NEP), Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Matt Parkinson (ENG, international replacement)
In: Jackson Bird (Sixers), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Travis Dean (Renegades replacement), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson (Sixers), Jonathan Merlo.
Out: James Faulkner (Hurricanes), John Hastings (Sixers), Kevin Pietersen (retired), Rob Quiney (retired), Luke Wright.
Unsigned from BBL|07: Sam Harper.
Roster spots to fill: none
Internationals signed: two, plus one replacement
Current squad: Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler (ENG), Pat Cummins, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Joe Root (ENG), Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Shane Watson, Anton Devcich (NZ, international replacement), Chris Jordan (ENG, international replacement).
In: Joe Root (ENG), Daniel Sams (Sixers), Jason Sangha.
Out: Aiden Blizzard (retired), Clint McKay (retired), Ben Rohrer (retired).
Unsigned from BBL|07: Andrew Fekete, Mitch McClenaghan (New Zealand),
Roster spots to fill: one
Internationals signed: two, plus two replacements
Current squad: Jofra Archer (ENG), George Bailey, Johan Botha, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (ENG), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short, Aaron Summers, Matthew Wade.
In: Jake Doran, James Faulkner (Stars), Caleb Jewell.
Out: Cameron Boyce (Renegades), Dan Christian (Renegades).
Unsigned from BBL|07: Hamish Kingston, Sam Rainbird, Nathan Reardon, Jake Reed.
Roster spots to fill: one
Internationals signed: two