2015/16 Player Movements, News And Season Thread


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So the season is well and truly done now and as we head into the winter months and also the off-season things have gotten quite interesting from a player list perspective. As always there has been quite a few changes for a number of states so far and we'll be detailing that all in here for the upcoming Australian domestic season. Below is a few of the more interesting pieces of news and player movements so far during the silly season,

- A furore has developed over the use of the MCG in March 2016 between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Football League (AFL). With Easter very early next year, CA want to have the Sheffield Shield final covering all four days of the Easter long weekend (25-28 March 2016) while the AFL wants to commence Round One of the 2016 premiership season on that particular weekend to start the season with bumper crowd numbers. The AFL has called on the Victorian government to get involved but they announced earlier in the week that the issue was "a matter for the CA and AFL to sort out" and refused to get involved. CA's desire to hold the Shield final would also potentially leave Adelaide Oval, Gabb and Bellerive Oval unavailable that weekend depending on who qualifies for the final. This would leave the AFL with limited options for its round one fixtures. It's also believed that 2016 will be the last year for this seemingly yearly dispute with Junction Oval to be upgraded to first-class status for 2016/17.
- The McDermott brothers, Alistair and Ben were axed by Queensland for the 2015/16 season in a rather surprise move. Ben has been rumoured to be heading to Tasmania while Alistair could sign with Victoria.
- Ed Cowan has left Tasmania citing family reasons and has headed home to new South Wales where he has signed a one-year contract in order to try and reignite his test career.
- James Hopes has stepped down as captain of Queensland but will play on in 2015/16.

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Squads 2014/15

New South Wales

Squad: Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Michael Clarke (Cricket Australia contract), Trent Copeland, Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Ben Dwarshuis, Brad Haddin (CA), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Josh Lalor, Nick Larkin, Nathan Lyon (CA), Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Gurinder Sandhu, Steven Smith (CA), William Somerville, Mitchell Starc (CA), David Warner (CA), Shane Watson (CA)

Rookies: Harry Conway, Mickey Edwards, Ryan Gibson, Jonte Pattison, Daniel Solway, Henry Thornton

In: Ed Cowan (Tasmania), Ben Dwarshuis (Rookie upgrade), Mickey Edwards (Manly-Warringah), Ryan Gibson (Campbelltown-Camden), Nick Larkin (Sydney University), Jonte Pattison (Sydney University), Daniel Solway (Bankstown), William Somerville (Sydney University), Henry Thornton (Randwick-Petersham)
Out: Scott Henry (delisted), Jake Doran (Tasmania), Patrick Pisel (delisted)


Squad: Cameron Boyce, Nicholas Buchanan, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Peter George, Ryan Harris (CA), Chris Hartley, Charlie Hemphrey, James Hopes, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Simon Milenko, Michael Neser, James Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Mark Steketee

Rookies: James Bazley, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Renshaw, Billy Stanlake, Nick Stevens, Jack Wildermuth

In: Peter George (Wynnum-Manly), Charlie Hemphrey (Toombul), Simon Milenko (Redlands Tigers)
Out: Ronan McDonald (delisted), Alister McDermott (delisted), Ben McDermott (Tasmania)

South Australia

Squad: Nick Benton, Tom Cooper, Mark Cosgrove, Callum Ferguson, Travis Head, Jake Lehmann, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Gary Putland, Sam Raphael, Kane Richardson, Alex Ross, Chadd Sayers, Kelvin Smith, Dan Worrall, Adam Zampa

Rookies: Tom Andrews, Alex Gregory, Harry Nielsen, Nick Winter, Cameron Valente

In: Nick Benton (Port Adelaide), Jake Lehmann (Rookie upgrade), Harry Nielsen (Woodville), Alex Ross (Rookie upgrade), Cameron Valente (Adelaide)
Out: Phil Hughes (fatal accident), Johan Botha (delisted), Trent Lawford (delisted), Andrew McDonald (delisted)


Squad: George Bailey (CA), Jackson Bird, Luke Butterworth, Xavier Doherty, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner (CA), Andrew Fekete, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Hamish Kingston, Dominic Michael, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Jordan Silk, Tom Triffitt, Beau Webster

Rookies: Gabe Bell, Caleb Jewell, Ryan Lees, Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Sean Willis

In: Jake Doran (New South Wales), Caleb Jewell (North Hobart), Ben McDermott (Queensland), Riley Meredith (Clarence), Tom Triffitt (University), Beau Webster (Rookie upgrade)
Out: Ed Cowan (New South Wales), Michael Hill (delisted), Timm van der Gugten (delisted), Jon Wells (delisted)


Squad: Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Travis Dean, Aaron Finch (CA), Peter Handscomb, Jake Haberfield, John Hastings, Ian Holland, Jon Holland, Glenn Maxwell (CA), Clint McKay, James Muirhead, James Pattinson (CA), Rob Quiney, Jake Reed, Chris Rogers (CA), Peter Siddle, Ryan Sidebottom, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Cameron White

Rookies: Ben Ashkenazi, Aaron Ayre, Seb Gotch, Sam Harper, Matt Short, Guy Walker

In: Travis Dean (Footscray-Edgewater), Sam Harper (Melbourne), Ian Holland (Ringwood)
Out: Louis Cameron (delisted), Jake Haberfield (delisted), David Hussey (retired), Alex Keath (delisted)

Western Australia

Squad: Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, William Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Matthew Dixon, Marcus Harris, Mitchell Johnson (CA), Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh (CA), Shaun Marsh (CA), David Moody, Joel Paris, Nathan Rimmington, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman

Rookies: Kyle Gardiner, Nicholas Hobson, Joshua Inglis, Jaron Morgan, Liam O'Connor, Jhye Richardson

In: William Bosisto (Rookie upgrade), Hilton Cartwright (Rookie upgrade), Matthew Dixon (Rookie upgrade), Kyle Gardiner (Rockingham-Mandurah), Nicholas Hobson (Claremont-Nedlands), Joshua Inglis (Joondalup), David Moody (Rookie upgrade), Liam O'Connor (Bayswater-Morley), Jhye Richardson (Fremantle)
Out: Michael Beer (delisted), Ryan Duffield (delisted), John Rogers (delisted), Craig Simmons (delisted)
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Former New South Wales and Australia opening batsman Phil Jaques has been announced as the coach of Queensland. Jaques recently finished his first-class career with Nottinghamshire and spent last season as an assistant coach at New South Wales and also at BBL side Sydney Thunder.

Jaques played 11 tests for Australia but his international career was cut short after persistent back injuries. He takes over the Queensland role from Stuart Law who resigned from the position in January.