Batsmen: Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hughes, Nick Larkin, Kurtis Patterson, Jason Sangha, Jack Edwards
All-Rounders: Moises Henriques, Daniel Sams
Keepers: Peter Nevill (c)
Bowlers: Sean Abbott, Harry Conway, Trent Copeland, Mickey Edwards, Stephen O’Keefe
Out from last season: Nic Maddinson, Ed Cowan, Doug Bollinger, Mitch Starc, Gurinder Sandhu, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Will Somerville
The core of New South Wales’ squad remains, minus the international stars, of course.
Even though the Blues are without their best performer from the last JLT Cup (Maddinson), Hughes and Patterson were both consistently in the runs. Add to that some experience in Henriques and Nevill and some highly-rated youth in Sangha and Jack Edwards, and the top order looks pretty solid.
Heaps of experience in the bowling line-up, including Abbott, O’Keefe and Copeland, who have all represented Australia at one stage or another.
Likely XI: Hughes, Gibson, Patterson, Henriques, Nevill (wk), Sangha, Copeland, Abbott, O’Keefe, Conway, M.Edwards
Batsmen: Chris Lynn (c), Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Max Bryant, Sam Truloff
All-Rounders: Jack Wildermuth
Keepers: Lachy Pfeffer
Bowlers: Billy Stanlake, Mitch Swepson, Mark Steketee, Luke Feldman, Xavier Bartlett, Jack Prestwidge
Out from last season: Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Marnus Labuschagne, James Peirson, Cameron Gannon, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Billy Doggett
Yes, five players are unavailable due to Australian duty, but the turnover of players is pretty shocking. Former regulars Peirson, Cutting and Floros are out, meaning the team will be almost unrecognisable.
Chris Lynn comes in to captain the side, even though his last one-day match for Queensland was in October, 2013. Hemphrey and Heazlett are both extremely talented bats while Wildermuth and Stanlake have had a taste of international cricket recently.
Likely XI: Burns, Bryant, Lynn, Heazlett, Hemphrey, Wildermuth, Pfeffer (wk), Swepson, Steketee, Feldman, Stanlake
Batsmen: Jake Lehmann (c), Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross, Jake Weatherald
Keepers: Alex Carey, Harry Nielsen
All-Rounders: Cameron Valente
Bowlers: Joe Mennie, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Spencer Johnson
Out from last season: Travis Head, Nick Winter, Michael Cormack, Tom Andrews
As Travis Head joins the Australian Test team, Jake Lehamnn takes the reigns of a very strong Redbacks squad. SA finished second last year and have a golden opportunity to win its first title since 2011-12.
The bulk of the squad, or at least the key performers, have stayed the same since last season. Weatherald, Cooper and Ferguson all smashed more than 300 runs, while Mennie was the competition’s leading wicket-taker.
Likely XI: Weatherald, Carey (wk), Ferguson, Cooper, Lehmann, Ross, Valente, Mennie, Richardson, Zampa, Worrall
Batsmen: George Bailey (c), Jordan Silk, Beau Webster
All-Rounders: Simon Milenko, James Faulkner
Keepers: Jake Doran, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade
Bowlers: Jackson Bird, Riley Meredith, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, Aaron Summers, Nick Buchanan
Out from last season: Cameron Boyce, Ben Dunk, Alex Doolan, Andrew Fekete, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Charlie Wakim
A few regulars from last season have missed Tassie’s squad, including Boyce, Dunk, Doolan and Fekete. No Cameron Boyce?! This makes me very angry.
However, the mix between experience and youth appears to be pretty balanced. Doran, McDermott and Webster have played plenty over the past few seasons and now need to take it to the next level in 2018-19.
The Tigers finished in sixth (only above CA XI) last time around, and no batsmen consistently supported the dominant Bailey. With leading wicket-taker Boyce gone as well, a break-out season from Meredith, Rogers or Summers is absolutely vital.
Likely XI: McDermott, Wade (wk), Bailey, Webster, Doran, Silk, Faulkner, Milenko, Rose, Rogers, Bird
Batsmen: Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb (c), Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson, Cameron White, Mackenzie Harvey
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short
Keepers: Seb Gotch
Bowlers: Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Tom O’Connell, Will Sutherland, Chris Tremain
Out from last season: Peter Siddle, Blake Thompson, Dan Christian, Fawad Ahmed, Sam Harper, Will Pucovski, Aaron Finch
At first glance, the Victorian squad is missing something: a genuine spinner. But teenage leg-spinner Tom O’Connell has come in to replace the dumped Fawad Ahmed and will likely slot straight into the first team.
And on Nic Maddinson, he’s done well to get a gig given he doesn’t have a Cricket Victoria state contract. Pucovski is a strange omission but he’ll feature in the Sheffield Shield later in the summer and is one for the future.
The Vics finished third last season and found Short and Dean to be the most productive batsmen. But with the arrival of Maddinson and the availability of Handscomb and Maxwell, it’s hard to fit Dean into the XI.
Likely XI: Harris, White, Maxwell, Handscomb, Maddinson, Gotch (wk), Short, Tremain, Boland, Sutherland, O’Connell
Batsmen: Hilton Cartwright, Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short, Jonathan Wells
All-Rounders: Ashton Agar (first two matches only), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner (c)
Keepers: Josh Inglis
Bowlers: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Matt Kelly, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye
Out from last season: Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Klinger, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, David Moody, Simon Mackin
Western Australia took the title last year and under new coach Adam Voges, will be confident of doing it again.
Having Ashton Agar available for the first two matches is a huge bonus, but some of the Warriors outs are genuine match-winners. So how well can they cover the losses?
As usual, there’s heaps of all-rounders and pacemen to choose from, and a highly impressive young (25 years old) captain in Turner.
Likely XI: Short, Inglis (wk), Cartwright, Stoinis, Turner, Wells, Agar, Coulter-Nile, Tye, Green, Richardson