Sixers stay strong
Last year: 3rd on ladder (5 wins, 3 losses), Winner of BBL|01
10 re-signed, 4 added, 5 lost, 4 not signed
Shane Watson, Patrick Cummins
Possible limited availability
Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc
Have retained the core of their title winning squad from last year. They’ve lost Watson to the Heat, and Cummins to the Scorchers – but neither loss should hurt too much, as Cummins didn’t play at all last year, and neither would likely to be available for the entire tournament due to Test/ODI commitments. The same might apply to Brad Haddin, whether or not he walks back into the test side is yet to be seen – if he’s not available, that’s where Daniel Smith comes in having left the Thunder to join their inner-city neighbours.
No mention of MacGill, but the signing of Narine hints that maybe Stu won’t be back for BBL|02. There’s also still room for a second international player with Narine the only one on their list at the moment. For me they were surprise winners last year, can they do it again this year?
A Kept their core, added Narine. Still easily the stronger of the two Sydney teams, by a growing margin.