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BBL 2020-21 Winners Sydney Sixers pose with the trophy. (Photo: Twitter)

Australia’s limited-overs specialists are likely to be available for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. Australia’s biggest T20 tournament, the Big Bash League, usually begins in December and continues till February. But Cricket Australia would probably tweak their schedule to enable the star players to participate in the tournament.

The competition could start in the first week of December and finish in January end of next year. According to cricket.com.au, Cricket Australia is likely to finalize the itinerary this week. The relevant report also said that the final would occur a few days before Australia’s ODI series against New Zealand, starting on the 30th of January. Hence, the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and Marcus Stoinis – all of who play only white-ball cricket for Australia, should be available for the entire tournament.

Australia's White-Ball Specialists To Be Available For Full BBL Season Following Cricket Australia's Schedule Tweak
Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. (Credits: Twitter)

But cricketers like Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins could miss out due to their red-ball duties for Australia. Furthermore, BBL double-headers are likely to occur at night following a day of an Ashes Test. Ratings have indicated that BBL fixtures after a day of Test match have garnered the most viewership.

BBL adds to Australia’s bumper and busy cricket schedule:

Tim Paine and Steve Smith
Tim Paine and Steve Smith (Image Credit: Getty)

Aside from the Big Bash League, the Australian team will compete against England to safeguard the Ashes urn, starting with the first of the five Tests in Brisbane on the 8th of December. But their Test cricket season starts with Afghanistan visiting down under for a one-off game in Hobart.

After the Ashes on the 18th of January in Perth, the men in yellow will clash in a three-match ODI series and a solitary T20Is against New Zealand. Following that, Aaron Finch’s men also has a five-match T20I leg against Sri Lanka. The Women’s Ashes will be played as a multi-format series from the 27th of January to the 19th of February. On the other hand, their BBL would be held from the 14th of October to the 27th of November.

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