Domestic News

Bulls announce 2015-16 Squad

Thursday April 23, 2015 by  

The Queensland Bulls will welcome four new faces to their squad for the 2015-16 season with the contracting process finalised this week.

Charlie Hemphrey, Simon Milenko and Peter George, who each made their Queensland debuts during the recent season, have been awarded with Senior contracts.

19-year-old Sam Heazlett who recently scored 160 for the Australian U19s against England in their current series in Perth has earned a Rookie contract. Read more

Zampa and Ferguson recommit to the Redbacks

Tuesday April 21, 2015 by  

South Australia are looking to local talent for the 2015/16 season, with current Redbacks Adam Zampa and Callum Ferguson re-signing on multi-year contracts and three South Australian players added to the list.

Young leg-spinner Adam Zampa has re-signed to remain with the Redbacks for another two seasons after a breakout summer, while Neil Dansie Medal winner Callum Ferguson has signed an extension to his existing contract which will see him remain at Adelaide Oval until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The Redbacks have also invested in local talent, with batsmen Alex Ross and Jake Lehmann upgraded from the rookie list and local paceman Nick Benton earning his first contract. Read more

Dizzy returns to coach the Strikers

Wednesday April 15, 2015 by  

The Adelaide Strikers are excited to welcome home a South Australian cricketing great, securing Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie as their coach for the next two seasons.

Gillespie has established himself as a respected coach during his last three seasons at Yorkshire Cricket Club, building a reputation for clear communication, a sharp cricket brain and a straight forward approach to the game.

He guided the side to the Champions League Twenty20 in his first season in charge before delivering Yorkshire their first county title in 13 years in 2014. He has also previously worked with Kings XI Punjab in the IPL as a specialist bowling coach. Read more

Burns caps memorable season

Saturday April 11, 2015 by  

A breakthrough year for Joe Burns received its crowning glory tonight as the Australian batsman in waiting was awarded the Ian Healy Trophy at the 2014-15 Queensland Cricket Awards night.

Burns, who made his Test debut in the Boxing Day Test against India, claimed the trophy for the first time after a season that saw him finish as the leading runs-scorer for the Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Shield.

Burns, who was also the Bulls Shield Player of the Year, racked up 793 runs at 52.86, finishing with a match winning century against South Australia in the final round. Read more

Heat welcome Coach Vettori

Thursday April 2, 2015 by  

The Brisbane Heat has appointed foundation player Daniel Vettori as their KFC T20 Big Bash League coach for the next three years.

The vastly experienced New Zealander will become the first stand-alone coach of the Heat since the inception of the BBL in 2011, with his appointment not including the role as my FootDr Queensland Bulls coach in the Bupa Sheffield Shield and Matador One Day Cup.

Vettori, who also coaches Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, will take up his new off-field role with the Heat after the Indian Premier League, which gets underway next week. Read more

Khawaja on track for ‘A’ Tour

Tuesday March 31, 2015 by  

Usman Khawaja is on track to make a return from a knee reconstruction in time for the Australia ‘A’ tour to India in July, with the Queensland Bulls batsman aiming to be in the nets by the end of next month.

Khawaja, who ruptured his ACL while training with the Sydney Thunder just prior to the start of the T20 Big Bash League in December, is currently working on a rehabilitation and strengthening program for his knee but has targeted a return to the nets by the end of May or start of June.

“It will around the seven month mark when the ‘A’ tour gets underway so all going to schedule, I will have had enough time to be back batting well before then,’’ he said. Read more

Scorchers retain core of Championship group

Friday March 27, 2015 by  

The Perth Scorchers today announce the club has retained its core group of championship-winning players for the fifth season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

The defending champions will enter BBL|05 with the same backbone of talent that secured the club’s second-consecutive trophy and many of the players that helped the Scorchers secure their maiden piece of silverware in BBL|03.

The Scorchers have 14 of the club’s 18 contract positions filled, with two of the remaining four spots to be occupied by international signings. Read more

Gallant Warriors miss out on Shield glory

Wednesday March 25, 2015 by  

The Western Warriors have narrowly missed out on completing the perfect summer for WA Cricket with the Sheffield Shield final at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval going into the fifth and final day but ultimately ending in a draw.

The Warriors set up a tantalising final day when they declared at 2-293 in their second innings, leaving Victoria 334 runs for outright victory from 96 overs.

However, a draw was worthy enough for Victoria to claim the converted first-class domestic trophy and they solidly batted out the day to finish on 4-158 despite Test opener Chris Rogers (17) being dismissed before lunch when he was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Read more

Chris Lynn signs new deal

Monday March 23, 2015 by  

The Brisbane Heat has made its first signing ahead of the fifth season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, securing the services of big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn.

Lynn has re-signed with the club on a three-year deal, joining Queensland teammates Ben Cutting, Joe Burns and Nathan Reardon on the Heat’s roster for BBL|05 and beyond.

The retention of the 24-year-old is seen as a major coup for the club, with Lynn identified as a key player and future leader, says Queensland Cricket General Manager of High Performance Brett Jones. Read more

Eight teams to compete in inaugural Women’s Big Bash League

Thursday February 19, 2015 by  

Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed that eight teams will compete in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), which will be launched in the 2015-16 season.

The teams will be aligned with the existing eight teams competing in the KFC T20 Big Bash League (BBL), with the decision endorsed by the CA Board on Friday.

Speaking about the competition CA CEO James Sutherland said: “We see T20 as the premium format of the women’s game and the WBBL is an exciting concept that will increase the promotion and exposure of women’s cricket. Read more