In total, there are 15 Englishmen competing in this year’s Big Bash, with each team having at least one in their squad.
Tom Abell – Brisbane Heat
Abell signed for the Brisbane Heat as a replacement for fellow Somerset team-mate Tom Banton, who dropped out of the competition due to bubble and quarantine issues. Abell’s stock as T20 dough has increased significantly in recent years, and he has become known for his rampage, where Jos Buttler even looking for his advice ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Sam Billings – Sydney Thunder
Billings is a veteran of many franchise T20 leagues around the world and has previously played for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. However, he replaced the Pink Sixers with the green of the Sydney Thunder last season and continues on the same side this season.
Harry Brook – Hobart Hurricanes
The 22-year-old had a home summer to remember as he scored 486 runs for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast with an excellent strike rate of 149.07 and 189 runs in The Hundred with a strike rate of 153.65. Brook joins the Hobart Hurricanes when his time with the England Lions is over.
Joe Clarke – Melbourne Stars
This is the second time Clarke has been a part of the Big Bash after playing three times for the Perth Scorchers in last year’s competition. Widely regarded as one of the best players without restriction in England, Clarke improved his T20 reputation over the home summer with a stunning 136 of 65 balls for Nottinghamshire against Northamptonshire.
Tom Curran – Sydney Sixers
This is Curran’s third year with the Sydney Sixers, and although he may only be 26 years old, he is already a veteran on the circuit with 153 T20s in his name. Curran will see this competition as a chance to push for his claim for a place in the English squad that will visit Australia for a World Cup next year.
Ben Duckett – Brisbane Heat
It is the first time that Duckett in Big Bash has had previous overseas experience with Islamabad United in the PSL and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in the South African Mzansi Super League. Duckett was the second leading race scorer in this year’s Hundred competition, reaching 232 races for the Welsh Fire.
Laurie Evans – Perth Scorchers
Evans has played in a number of franchise tournaments over the years and had a phenomenal Lanka Premier League last year, scoring 289 runs with an average of 57.80 and with a strike rate of 170. This is his first time appearing in Big Bash.
George Garton – Adelaide Strikers
Garton secured a contract with the Adelaide Strikers after a fantastic season for Sussex and Southern Brave. He has a number of strong connections with the Strikers, who have previously been coached by Jason Gillespie in Sussex and also played with the likes of Travis Head, Alex Carey and Rashid Khan on the South Coast.
Alex Hales – Sydney Thunder
One of the hottest features on the T20 circuit, Hales was the leading race scorer in the previous edition of Big Bash, scoring 543 races, including a century and three fifties. His century last year came from 51 balls and was part of the highest number ever in Big Bash’s history at 232-5.
Chris Jordan – Sydney Sixers
A late call-up to this competition when he was selected to replace the injured Carlos Brathwaite. Jordan has previously played in the Big Bash for the Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers.
Saqib Mahmood – Sydney Thunder
One of England’s most exciting opportunities for fast bowling, this is Mahmood’s first appearance in the Big Bash. Mahmood’s second franchise experience came in the Pakistan Super League, where he performed exceptionally well for Peshawar Zalmi in a competition famous for his high standard of fast bowling.
Tymal Mills – Perth Scorchers
Another late call for the competition when Mills was signed to replace the injured Brydon Carse. This will be Mills’ third appearance in the Big Bash, having previously played for the Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes.
Reece Topley – Melbourne Renegades
Another player who will appear in the competition for the first time, Topley has identified the competition as a chance for him to push his case for selection in next year’s T20 World Cup.
James Vince – Sydney Sixers
Vince was the Sixers’ hero in the final competition, scoring 95 in the final to help his team to victory. He finished that season as the second-highest running scorer, finishing in 537 races and just six behind second-placed Englishman Alex Hales. This is Vince’s third season with the Sixers.
Jordan Thompson – Hobart Hurricanes
Like Brook, Thompson impressed for Yorkshire over the summer; the pace-bowling all-rounder averaged 26.87 with the bat in bats, while hitting over 180 and also taking 14 wickets.