How Many BBL Teams are There? – List of Teams and Squads 2021/22

The Big Bash League is the highlight of Australia’s domestic season and I’ll now run you through each of the teams that are taking part. Also, see all Big Bash League squads listed.

How Many Teams are in the Big Bash League?

As of 2021/22, there are eight teams involved in the Big Bash League and they are based right across Australia.

There has been talk of maybe adding some sides and expanding the competition but that is the position for the eleventh edition of the competition.

List of BBL Teams


Adelaide Strikers

As with all eight teams currently playing in the BBL, the Adelaide Strikers have been involved in all 11 editions of the tournament.

They have one Big Bash title to their name and that came in the 2017/18 season when they beat Hobart Hurricanes in the final. The Strikers play their home games at the Adelaide Oval.

They are a dangerous side with some powerful hitters and players to watch moving forward include Travis Head, Alex Carey, Rashid Khan and Matthew Renshaw.

Adelaide Strikers Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Travis Head
  • Wes Agar
  • Alex Carey
  • Harry Conway
  • Spencer Johnson
  • Harry Nielsen
  • Liam O’Connor
  • Matthew Renshaw
  • Liam Scott
  • Peter Siddle
  • Jon Wells
  • Daniel Worrall
  • George Garton
  • Ryan Gibson
  • Fawad Ahmad
  • Rashid Khan
  • Matt Short
  • Jake Weatherald
adelaide strikers
Alex Carey flicks the ball off his pads against the Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval, Getty

Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat won the second edition of the Big Bash in 2012/13 but this was the only time they reached the final in the first ten years. The team plays at the Gabba which is a familiar and historic ground used by the Australian national side.

Key players for Brisbane in 2021/22 and beyond include Chris Lynn, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Marnus Labuschagne and Ben Duckett.

Brisbane Heat Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Jimmy Peirson
  • Xavier Bartlett
  • Tom Cooper
  • Sam Heazlett
  • Chris Lynn
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman
  • Mark Steketee
  • Mitchell Swepson
  • Matthew Willans
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Michael Neser
  • Ben Duckett
  • Tom Abell
  • Jack Wildermuth
  • James Bazley
  • Matt Kuhnemann
  • Max Bryant
  • Connor Sully
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat opener Sam Heazlett, Getty

Hobart Hurricanes

The Hobart Hurricanes are one of only two franchises who failed to win any of the first ten editions of the BBL. They reached the final twice in that time, in 2013/14 and 2017/18.

The team plays home games at the Bellerive Oval and the University of Tasmania Stadium and key current players include Ben McDermott, Tim David, D’Arcy Short and Riley Meredith.

Hobart Hurricanes Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Matthew Wade
  • Scott Boland
  • Tim David
  • Nathan Ellis
  • Peter Handscomb
  • Ben McDermott
  • Riley Meredith
  • Mitch Owen
  • Wil Parker
  • D’Arcy Short
  • Mac Wright
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Caleb Jewell
  • Joel Paris
  • Harry Brook
  • Josh Kann
  • Tom Rogers
  • Jordan Thompson
HOBART, Australia, Getty

Melbourne Renegades

The Melbourne Renegades were Big Bash Champions in 2018/19 and they’ve been led for a long time by Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch. Other big names in the current Renegades’ squad include Marcus Harris, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson and Mohammad Nabi.

The team plays their home games at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

Melbourne Renegades Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Kane Richardson
  • Cameron Boyce
  • Zak Evans
  • Aaron Finch
  • Jake Fraser-McGurk
  • Sam Harper
  • Marcus Harris
  • Mackenzie Harvey
  • Josh Lalor
  • Shaun Marsh
  • James Pattinson
  • Mitch Perry
  • Jack Prestwidge
  • Will Sutherland
  • Nic Maddinson
  • Reece Topley
  • Unmukt Chand
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Zahir Khan
Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades’ win over Brisbane Heat, Getty

Melbourne Stars

Despite making it through to the playoffs on eight separate occasions, the Melbourne Stars failed to win any of the first ten Big Bash tournaments. They have, however, been beaten finalists three times.

The Stars play their home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and notable players for 2021/22 and beyond include Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa.

Melbourne Stars Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Glenn Maxwell
  • Hilton Cartwright
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Seb Gotch
  • Liam Hatcher
  • Clint Hinchliffe
  • Nick Larkin
  • Tom O’Connell
  • Billy Stanlake
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Adam Zampa
  • Joe Burns
  • Sam Rainbird
  • Joe Clarke
  • Qais Ahmad
  • Sam Elliot
  • Beau Webster
  • Haris Rauf
  • Andre Russell
  • Ahmad Daniyal
The Stars spinners ripped through the Strikers, Getty
The Stars spinners ripped through the Strikers, Getty

Perth Scorchers

Over the first ten editions of the competition, the Perth Scorchers have won three BBL titles and that’s a joint record. Their opening win came in 2013/14 and they followed that up with victories in 2014/15 and 2016/17.

The Scorchers play at the Optus Stadium and top current players include Ashton Agar, Josh Ingliss, A.J. Tye and Colin Munro.

Perth Scorchers Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Ashton Turner
  • Ashton Agar
  • Cameron Bancroft
  • Jason Behrendorff
  • Cooper Connolly
  • Laurie Evans
  • Aaron Hardie
  • Peter Hatzoglou
  • Nick Hobson
  • Josh Inglis
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Tymal Mills
  • David Moody
  • Lance Morris
  • Colin Munro
  • Kurtis Patterson
  • Andrew Tye
PERTH, Australia, Getty

Sydney Sixers

Along with Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers hold the record for most BBL wins with three titles in the first ten years. The Sixers won the first ever Big Bash in 2010/11 and have followed that up with victories in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

They play their games at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney’s current key players include Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Josh Philippe and James Vince.

Sydney Sixers Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Moises Henriques
  • Sean Abbott
  • Jackson Bird
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Dan Christian
  • Tom Curran
  • Ben Dwarshuis
  • Jack Edwards
  • Mickey Edwards
  • Daniel Hughes
  • Hayden Kerr
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Ben Manenti
  • Josh Philippe
  • Lloyd Pope
  • Jordan Silk
  • James Vince
  • Steve O’Keefe
Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers, Getty

Sydney Thunder

Having finished no better than seventh in the first four editions of the BBL, Sydney Thunder caused an upset when they won the fifth tournament in 2015/16. That remains the only victory to date for the men who play their home games at the Sydney Showground.

Notable players for 2021/22 and beyond include Alex Hales, Chris Green, Ben Cutting and Usman Khawaja.

Sydney Thunder Full Squad 2021/22

  • Captain: Usman Khawaja
  • Jonathan Cook
  • Ben Cutting
  • Ollie Davies
  • Brendan Doggett
  • Matt Gilkes
  • Chris Green
  • Baxter Holt
  • Nathan McAndrew
  • Alex Ross
  • Daniel Sams
  • Tanveer Sangha
  • Chris Tremain
  • Alex Hales
  • Sam Billings
  • Baxter Holt
  • Saqib Mahmood
  • Jason Sangha
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder, Getty

Closing Thoughts

Now we only have to wait and see how do these teams perform during this BBL season. If you are not yet familiar with the new rules for 2021/22, make sure you get up to date.